NOW Group is a renowned social enterprise based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with a mission to empower individuals with learning difficulties and autism to secure sustainable employment and training opportunities. Their innovative programs and services cater to a diverse range of participants, helping them overcome barriers and achieve their full potential. NOW Group operates across the island of Ireland, expanding its impact and reach to support even more individuals in need.

Services Provided

NOW Group offers a comprehensive range of services tailored to the specific needs of their participants:

  • Employment Support: NOW Group assists individuals with learning difficulties and autism in finding meaningful employment opportunities. They provide tailored support, including accredited training, workplace experience, and voluntary placements, to help participants become job-ready and secure employment.
  • Training Programs: NOW Group offers a variety of accredited and non-accredited training courses designed to enhance participants’ skills and employability. These programs cover a wide range of fields, including ICT, hospitality, essential skills, and more.
  • Transition Support: NOW Group prepares individuals for transitions in their lives, whether it’s transitioning from education to employment or from unemployment to work. Their comprehensive support ensures participants are equipped with the necessary tools to make informed decisions about their futures.
  • Family Service: NOW Group provides support to new and expectant parents with learning difficulties or autism, offering assistance and guidance to navigate parenthood successfully.
  • Volunteering Opportunities: NOW Group encourages participants to engage in volunteering activities, fostering personal growth, community involvement, and skill development.

NOW Skills Academies: courses on ICT and Telecommunications

NOW Skills academies offer 12-15 week training programs with a focus on practical skills and work experience. Participants undergo a 6-week work placement, gaining hands-on experience in their chosen field. The academy model ensures a balance between theoretical knowledge and real-world application, enhancing participants’ employability. Among these programs, these two focus on Digital Skills:

  • ICT Course: A 12-week program focused on developing essential computer skills, including email usage, computer security, and privacy. Participants also undergo a 6-week work placement to apply their newfound skills in a professional setting.
  • Telecommunication Course: A 15-week program covering customer service skills, telephone etiquette, office administration, and more. Similar to the ICT course, participants engage in a 6-week work placement to practice their skills in a real-world environment.



Source: European Digital Skills & Jobs Platform


Digital technology / specialisation

  • Telecommunications
  • Digital skills

Digital skill level

  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Geographic Scope - Country

  • Ireland

Type of initiative

National initiative

Target audience

  • Digital skills in education.
  • Digital skills for all

Target language

  • English


Training programs and other resources for individuals with autism and other learning difficulties

Main document - File for download

Supporting documents

Target group

  • Persons with a learning disability

Skills resource type

Other training material