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Join the Board of Ulster Supported Employment Ltd (USEL) – Make a Difference in Your Community!

The Department for Communities is thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for passionate individuals to join the Board of Ulster Supported Employment Ltd (USEL). USEL is a unique and progressive organisation that provides a wealth of opportunities to assist people with disabilities and health-related conditions into employment. This is your chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of others while furthering your own skills and experience.


USEL is the largest supporter of people with disabilities in Northern Ireland, with offices in Belfast, Londonderry, and Portadown. Each year, USEL supports over 1,200 people with disabilities in more than 750 companies to enter and sustain economic employment through its various employment programmes. Approximately 70% of employees at its manufacturing and recycling facility in Belfast have a disability or health-related condition. By joining the Board, you will be part of an organisation that champions ability and inclusivity, creating significant positive impacts on individuals and the community.

What Does the Role Involve?

As a Board Member, you will have the opportunity to support and guide the organisation in achieving its mission. You will be involved in strategic decision-making, helping to shape the future of USEL and ensuring it continues to provide valuable services to people with disabilities. This role is not only about giving back to the community but also about professional growth. It offers a platform to enhance your leadership skills, gain valuable experience in governance, and expand your professional network.

Who Should Apply?

The Department for Communities is looking for a diverse range of candidates who are interested in public service and have a passion for making a difference. We particularly welcome applications from:

  • Women

  • People with disabilities

  • Young people

  • Minority ethnic groups

A Guaranteed Interview Scheme is in place for applicants with a disability, ensuring fair and equitable consideration for all candidates.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A completed application form

  • An equal opportunities monitoring form

Applications should be sent via email to by 12 noon on Monday, 1 July 2024. Due to hybrid working arrangements, we prefer email submissions, but if you need to post or hand-deliver your application, please inform us in advance via the above email address or call (028) 90 819 417.

The office address is: Public Appointments Governance Unit Department for Communities Level 5, Causeway Exchange 1-7 Bedford Street Belfast, BT2 7EG

Additional Information

For more details, including the essential criteria for the role, please refer to the Candidate Information Booklet available on our website. This document provides comprehensive information on the competition process and the criteria required for the role.

Final Thoughts

Joining the Board of Ulster Supported Employment Ltd is more than just a role; it's a commitment to fostering inclusivity and supporting individuals with disabilities to achieve their full potential. Your involvement can help steer the organisation towards new heights, ensuring that more people with disabilities receive the support they need to thrive in the workplace.

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to a cause that truly makes a difference. Apply now and be part of a team that is dedicated to creating a more inclusive and supportive community for everyone.

For media enquiries, contact the DfC Press Office via email. An out-of-hours service is available for urgent media enquiries at 028 9037 8110.


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