Skills Focus Programme


Support to develop the skills of your existing workforce with qualifications of level 2 and above.

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 which relates to an employer’s statutory or legal requirement, including a renewal of a qualification. This includes training which displaces an employer’s modus operandi and internal staff training.

Additional information:

Skills Focus aims to support, promote, and facilitate collaborative working between business and FE 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, with a 25% employer contribution.

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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