SKILL UP – the flexible skills programme

SKILL UP – the flexible skills programme

If you ’ re aged 18 and complete and eligible to work in Northern Ireland, a range of free accredited courses are available to help you re-train and re-skill, through SKILL UP – the flexible skills course of study .

Look up. Move up. Skill up.

The Department for the Economy, with fund from the Northern Ireland Office and the Department of Finance, is supporting detached short courses, delivered by the local far and higher education providers .
There are up to 7000 free places available until end of June 2022 with many more to follow in the future few years .
Opportunities are available from entry to graduate student levels, focussing on skills identified by diligence, linked to priority economic sectors, including :

  • digital skills
  • green technologies
  • healthcare and life sciences
  • advanced manufacturing
  • leadership and management

Most courses will be delivered on-line and will provide an opportunity to re-skill and upskill into areas where job growth is expected to be high as we emerge from the affect of coronavirus .

Courses available

Find out what courses are available from local colleges and universities below. For more information on specific courses, visit the supplier ’ south web site .

The Open University

Digital

  • Cisco: Python Programming (OpenEDG)
  • AWS: Solutions Architect (in collaboration with Amazon Web Services)

Leadership and Management

  • Business Management: Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • Business Management: People Management and Leadership
  • Agile Leadership and Management (in collaboration with the Agile Business Consortium)
  • Management of Change: Organisation Development and Design

Other

  • Teacher development: Embedding mental health in the curriculum. – endorsed by the Mental Health Foundation

foster data and details on how to apply can be found at Open University Skill Up courses .

Queen’s University Belfast

Digital

  • Applied Cyber Security
  • Audiovisual Post-production
  • Data Analytics and Decision Making
  • Digital Transformation Toolbox
  • Innovation Leadership
  • Leading Digital Marketing
  • PG Diploma for those completing Software Development PgCert
  • Software Development
  • Strategic Change Leadership for Digital Transformation

Green Technologies

  • Hydrogen Energy Systems
  • Zero Carbon Engineering
  • Zero Carbon Engineering for those completing PgCert in Zero Carbon Engineering or Hydrogen Energy Systems

Manufacturing and Engineering

  • Advanced Manufacturing Leadership
  • Mechanical Engineering with Management

Health and Social care

  • Graduate Psychologist Mental Health Practitioner

Life and Health Sciences

  • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Leadership and Management

  • Mini MBA
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management

far data and details on how to apply can be found at Queen ‘s University Skill Up courses .

Ulster University

Digital

  • Advanced Cert in Management & Practice Transformational Management in a Digital World
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science
  • Data Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Design, Research and Development (Animation)
  • Professional Software Development

Green Technologies

  • Energy Management and Green Technology
  • Hydrogen Safety

Life and Health Sciences

  • Coding Skills for Biologists
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring
  • Machine Learning
  • Molecular and Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis

Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Advanced Composites and Polymers
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Smart Manufacturing Systems

Leadership and Management

  • Enabling Business Recovery
  • Executive Leadership

Other

  • Business Sustainability and Innovation
  • Managing and Leading People
  • Strategic Marketing

far information and details on how to apply can be found at Ulster University Skill Up courses .

Belfast Metropolitan College

Digital

  • BTEC Level 3 in Production
  • CIM Level 4 Award in Digital Marketing Techniques
  • Level 2 Award In 2D Computer Aided Design
  • MOS Excel
  • MOS Powerpoint
  • MOS Word
  • OCN Level 2 Award in Digital Construction
  • OCN Level 2 Award in Digital Marketing
  • OCN Level 2 Award in Digital Skills within Construction
  • OCN Level 3 Award in Digital Construction with BIM

Health and Social Care

  • CACHE Level 2 Introductory Awareness of Autistic Spectrum Conditions 
  • CACHE Level 3 Support Individuals with Autistic Conditions
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings 
  • NOCN Level 2 Award in Meeting the Needs of Learners with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 
  • OCN Level 2 Award in Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children and Young People 
  • OCN Level 2 Award in Mental Health Awareness 
  • OCN NI Level 2 Award in Early Years Learning, Care and Development
  • OCN NI Level 2 Award in Introduction to Mindfulness and Reducing Anxiety in Children

far data and details on how to apply can be found at Belfast Met Skill Up courses.

Leadership and Management

  • ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management 
  • ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management

Northern Regional College

Digital

  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Prototype Design and Manufacture
  • Social Media
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing

Green Technologies

  • Hybrid Electrical Vehicle Maintenance
  • Hybrid Electrical Vehicle Repair
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Health and Social Care

  • Award in Health and Social Care
  • Award in Infant and Child Mental Health and its Impact on Social and Emotional Development
  • Award in Understanding Protection and Safeguarding
  • Awareness of Dementia
  • Awareness of Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Meeting the Needs of Learners with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the Mainstream Classroom
  • Mindfulness and Reducing Anxiety in Children
  • Working with Children and Young People with Special Needs

Leadership and Management

  • Management and Leadership Principles of Innovation
  • Principles of management and Leadership Managing a team to achieve results
  • Principles of management and Leadership supporting the delivery of customer service

Trade, Export and Logistics

  • Global Logistics
  • Green Logistics
  • Inventory Management
  • Logistics and Transport

Other

  • business Development Skills

far information and details on how to apply can be found at NRC Skill Up courses .

North West Regional College

Digital

  • C&G Level 1 & 2 Computerised Accounts
  • C&G Level 1 Manual Bookkeeping & Accounts
  • Cisco Scaling Networks (Cybersecurity)
  • Digital Marketing Level 2
  • Digital Marketing Level 4
  • Extended Cert in IT (Strabane)
  • Foundation Certificate in Software Testing
  • Kick-start IT Programme (Strabane)
  • OCN Level 2 Award in Digital Fabrication
  • OCN Level 3 Award in Digital Fabrication
  • OCN NI Exploring Social Media
  • OCN NI Spreadsheet Software
  • OCN NI Website Software
  • Software Testing

Green Technologies

  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
  • Electric Vehicle Level 2
  • Electric Vehicle Level 3
  • Recycling and Waste Management

Health and Social care

  • Awareness of End of Life Care
  • Dementia Awareness
  • OCN NI Mental Health Awareness
  • Phlebotomy (Award)
  • Tackling Substance Misuse

Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Welding – Level 2

Leadership and Management

  • CIPD L3
  • CIPD L5
  • ILM Level 3
  • ILM Level 5
  • International Transport and Documentation (Level 3 Certificate in International Trade)

Other

  • Business Development Skills

promote information and details on how to apply can be found at NWRC Skill Up courses .

South Eastern Regional College

Digital

  • Cyber Security Infrastructure Pathway
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Level 2 Award Computerised Accounts
  • Level 2 Award in Social Media
  • Level 3 Award Computerised Accounts
  • Level 4 Digital Marketing
  • Mango SQL Training
  • Software Testers
  • Version 1 – Cloud/Dev Ops
  • Version 1 – Software Development

Green Technologies

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment
  • Electrical Energy Storage Systems
  • Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Intro to Zero Carbon
  • Level 3 Hybrid
  • Level 4 Hybrid
  • Managed Learning Programme Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Managed Learning Programme Gas
  • Managed Learning Programme Introduction to Green Technologies
  • Retrofitting
  • Solar PV

Health and Social Care

  • Level 2 Health and Social Care

Engineering and Manufacturing

  • PLC Programming

Leadership and Management

  • CMI Level 3 Award in Leadership & Management – Principles of Leadership & Management
  • CMI Level 3 Award in Principles of Communication
  • CMI Level 3 Award in Project Management
  • CMI Level 3 Award Managing a Team to Achieve Results
  • CMI Level 3 Award Monitoring Quality to Improve Outcomes
  • CMI Level 5 Award in Creating and Delivering Operational Plans
  • CMI Level 5 Award in Leadership
  • CMI Level 5 Award in Managing Quality and Continuous Improvement
  • CMI Level 5 Leadership & Management
  • Train the Trainer

Trade, Export & Logistics

  • Trade & Export – Introduction to International Trade Management
  • Trade & Export – Transportation and Documentation

Other

  • Level 2 Award in Innovation and Enterprise in Practice

promote information and details on how to apply can be found at SERC Skill Up courses. Graduate programmes are besides available :

Southern Regional College

    Digital

    • Digital Marketing and Social Media
    • Microsoft Technology Associate Azure Fundamentals
    • Microsoft Technology Associate Security Fundamentals
    • Microsoft Technology Associate Software Development Fundamentals
    • Microsoft Technology Associate Python Programming 
    • OCN Level 2 Digital Fabrication (Laser Cutting)
    • OCN Level 2 Introduction to Cyber Security (Blended) (2 cohorts)
    • OCN Level 4 Cyber Security
    • Unit: Cloud Computing
    • Unit: Data Analytics
    • Unit: Internet of Things
    • Unit: Networking
    • Unit: Programming
    • Unit: Virtual and Augmented Reality Development

    Green Technologies

    • Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation
    • Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance Activities Level 2 Award
    • Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement Level 3 Award

    Engineering and Manufacturing

    • Manufacturing Computer Numerical Control Machining Processes
    • Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
    • Programmable Logistics Controllers

    Health and Social Care

    • Introduction To Counselling Skills 
    • Introductory Awareness of Autistic Spectrum Conditions
    • Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children and Young Adults
    • Mindfulness in children and young people
    • Understanding how to Support Individuals with Autistic Spectrum
    • Working With Children and Young People with Special Needs Level 3 Unit

    Life and Health Sciences

    • Certificate in Laboratory Techniques 

    Leadership and Management

    • Award in Leadership and Management Level 3
    • Award in Leadership and Management Level 5
    • Award in Leadership and Management (Effective Coaching and Mentoring)
    • Award in Leadership and Management (Event and Project Management)
    • Award in Leadership and Management (Top Up to Diploma)
    • Award in Leadership and Management (Innovation and Change Management)

    Trade, Export & Logistics

    • Certificate in Logistics Operations

    far data and details on how to apply can be found at SRC Skill Up courses .

    South West College

    Digital

    • MTA Networking Fundamentals
    • Social Media and Digital Marketing

    Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction

    • Assembling and Testing Fluid Systems
    • Autocad 2D
    • Ensuring Air Tightness in Domestic Retrofit Project
    • Installation of External Wall Insulation for Domestic Retrofit
    • Installation Requirements for Heat Recovery Mechanical Ventilation Systems in Domestic Retrofit Projects
    • NOCN Bim/Revit
    • Retrofit
    • Understanding the Maintain and repair of pre 1919 Buildings
    • Welding

    Health and Social Care

    • Introduction to Mindfulness and reducing Anxiety in Children
    • Managing Challenging Behaviours in Children
    • Working with Children and Young People with Special Needs

    Leadership and Management

    • Construction in Leadership and Management
    • Leadership and Management Level 3
    • Leadership and Management Level 5
    • Workplace Mentoring- Understanding good practice in manufacturing

    far information and details on how to apply can be found at SWC Skill Up courses .

    Graduate placement and women returners

    The Department for the Economy is besides supporting a roll of bespoke schemes to support graduate placements and women returners, through a concoction of on-line discipline, provided by one of the six Further Education Colleges or Ulster University, with a placement at an employer to support growth, development and convalescence.

    further data will be made available by providers. Opportunities are available across a number of areas, including :

    • women returners for the ICT Sector (Belfast Metropolitan College)
    • women returners for the Logistics Sector – Business Administration – Southern Regional College
    • Graduate Leadership (Ulster University)
    • Graduate Future Leaders – Entry into Management( Belfast Metropolitan College, Northern Regional College, North West Regional College, South Eastern Regional College, Southern Regional College, South West College)
    • Graduate Digital Futures – Data Analytics (North West Regional College, South Eastern Regional College, Southern Regional College)
    • Graduate Digital Futures – Cyber Security (South West College, Northern Regional College)
    • Graduate Digital Futures – Cloud Computing (Belfast Metropolitan College)
    • Graduate Digital Marketing ( Belfast Metropolitan College, Northern Regional College, North West Regional College, South Eastern Regional College, Southern Regional College, South West College)

    Further information

    For more information on any of the courses above and how to apply, contact the relevant college or university :

    • Universities and colleges in Northern Ireland
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