Skills Focus Programme


An employer skills programme that provides tailored training for small to medium-sized businesses to increase the skills levels of the existing workforce.

Eligibility criteria:

Open to employers and businesses in Northern Ireland with fewer than 250 employees.

Key activities which are not eligible for funding under the programme include training that relates to an employer’s statutory or legal requirement, and any compliance training including a renewal of a qualification. This includes training which displaces an employer’s modus operandi and any internal staff training.

Additional information:

Skills Focus aims to support, promote, and facilitate collaborative working between business and further education colleges, in order to provide tailored skills provision to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to increase the skills levels of your workforce to level 2 and above qualifications.

The programme is 75% funded by the Department for the Economy and requires a 25% employer contribution towards delivery costs for courses.

Support organisation:
  • Northern Ireland Regional Colleges
  • Department for the Economy (DfE)
Further education colleges - see contact details in the link below
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