SKILL UP - The Flexible Skills Fund

Free short-term courses to improve skills

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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

CourseDelivery Date
ETA Performing Engineering Operations - Assembling & testing fluid power systems (Level 2 Hydraulics)-
Level 3 Award in Creative Arts & Digital Technologies (Creative Writing)Applications now closed
ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management25/01/23
ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management26/01/23
NOCN Level 4 BIM/Revit-
Level 2 AutoCADApplications now closed
OCN Level 2 An Introduction to Mindfulness and Reducing Anxiety in ChildrenApplications now closed
OCN Level 2 Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children and Young PeopleApplications now closed
OCN Level 3 Award in Working with Children and Young People with Special Needs11/01/2023
OCN NI Level 4 Certificate in Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Resilience09/01/2023
OCN NI Level 4 Award in Social Media and Digital Marketing05/01/2023
Passivhaus Designer Course30/05/2023
Passivhaus Designer Course (Flexible Skills)08/03/2023
Passivhaus Tradesperson27/04/2023
Level 4 Digital Surveying-
Level 4 Cloud Computing-
Level 4 Data Analytics-
Level 4 Cyber Security-
Level 2 Welding & Employability Programme


How do I apply?

Applications for the 2023/2024 courses will open again in June



    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

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