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

  • Passivhaus Designer
  • Passivhaus Tradesperson
  • Level 2 AutoCad 2D
  • Level 4 NOCN Bim/Revit
  • Level 2 Assembling and Testing Fluid Systems
  • ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management
  • ILM Level 5 Leadership and Management
  • Level 4 Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Level 2 Managing Challenging Behaviours in Children
  • Level 2 Introduction to Mindfulness and reducing Anxiety in Children
  • Level 3 Working with Children and Young People with Special Needs


    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

    How do I apply?

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


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