Ulster Supported Employment Limited (USEL) was established in 1962 with the aim of providing supported paid employment for people with disabilities within its Belfast manufacturing base. In 1980 it incorporated the Workshops for the Blind and became the largest supporter of people with disabilities into open employment within Northern Ireland.
Our vision is to be the best at assisting people with disabilities meet their employee aspirations. Each year we support over 1800 people with disabilities in more than 750 companies to enter and sustain economic employment through our various employment programmes. Today the organisation spans the whole of the province with offices in Belfast, Londonderry, Portadown and Omagh.
USEL is a not for profit organisation having non-departmental public body and charitable status. It is supported and partially funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) and managed through the sponsoring branch the Disability Employment Service (DES)
Products & Commercial Services
Within our factory we manufacture a quality range of mattresses, divan bases, and specialist sewing products. Our manufacturing operation also undertakes various sub-contract works whereby employees are placed with external employers to carry out specific contracted tasks
Employment Support Services
We manage a range of employment programmes on behalf of the Department for Employment and Learning and European Union that are specifically designed to help people with disabilities or health related conditions move into or return to employment.