SKILL UP - The Flexible Skills Fund

Free short-term courses to improve skills

The Flexible Skills Fund has been established to help upskill and reskill individuals to meet the needs of the economy as we emerge from the pandemic and continue to grow the Economy beyond it. The fund is aligned to the Northern Ireland Skills Strategy and will provide learning opportunities reflecting the key objectives outlined within the strategy. It will serve to boost participation in lifelong learning and reduce key skills imbalances in areas such as digital, leadership and healthcare.

Courses available

  • ETA Performing Engineering Operations - Assembling & testing fluid power systems (L2 Hydraulics)
  • ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management
  • ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management
  • NOCN Level 4 BIM/Revit
  • Level 2 AutoCAD
  • OCN Level 2 An Introduction to Mindfulness and Reducing Anxiety in Children
  • OCN Level 2 Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children and Young People
  • OCN Level 3 Award in Working with Children and Young People with Special Needs
  • OCN NI Level 4 Certificate in Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Resilience
  • OCN NI Level 4 Award in Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Passivhaus Designer Course
  • Passivhaus Tradesperson
  • L4 Digital Surveying
  • L4 Cloud Computing
  • L4 Data Analytics
  • L4 Cyber Security
  • Level 3 Award in Creative Arts & Digital Technologies
  • Level 2 Welding & Employability Programme


    The Flexible Skills Fund programme will be accessible to all groups, those in employment and unemployment. To be eligible for these courses participants must be:

    • over 18 years of age;
    • eligible to work in Northern Ireland;
    • settled’ in Northern Ireland, and has been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years; or
    • is a person who has indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK

    Industry Courses Prospectus

    How do I apply?

    Please fill in the online application form with the details below.


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