Ignite your Skills
Take your career to the next level with Ignite Your Skills

Ignite Your Skills is a free and flexible programme for people aged 40 or over, living in Northern Ireland, who want to update their skills, return to work after a break, or gain formal recognition for their experience. You’ll receive a personalised career skills assessment with one of our friendly advisors and then have the opportunity of joining one of three pathways depending on your situation and career goals:


Update your skills and qualifications to reflect advancements in technology or the sector you work in so you can build your career with confidence. You can either be employed or unemployed for this pathway but if unemployed you should
be job-ready and actively seeking work.

You’ll receive:

  • Guidance to the right courses or professional development for you
  • Personalised Mentoring/Support


Re-enter the workforce again after a break and enjoy gaining new skills and qualifications, all while receiving tailored support and mentoring.

You’ll receive:

  • A one-to-one with an experienced advisor
  • Three sessions to help with Personalising your CV, Interview Skills, and Completing Application Forms/Skills
  • Guidance on the right courses and training for you
  • Mentoring/support
  • The option to take part in five days of work experience (with no loss of benefits and a daily incentive of between £10 and £50).


This is the strand for you if you have no or little formal qualifications but have a wealth of practical and professional skills gained while in employment. Showcase your value and receive formal recognition
for the application of all knowledge, and experience to date.

You’ll receive:

  • Signposting to professional recognition awards or worker qualifications.

Don’t miss this opportunity to ignite your skills and achieve your career aspirations today.

Complete our simple online contact form and one of our friendly advisors will be in touch.


Eligibility criteria can be found on the website https://furthereducationni.com.... Ignite Your Skills is open to everyone who meets the following criteria:

  • Is 40 years of age or over
  • Eligible to work in Northern Ireland
  • ‘Settled’ in Northern Ireland and has been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years; or
  • has indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK

Funded by the Department for the Economy. Ignite your skills is delivered by Northern Ireland Further Education Colleges.