Assured Skills: delivering skilled employees through pre-employment training programmes


The Assured Skills programme offers you the opportunity to work closely with the Department for the Economy (DfE), Invest Northern Ireland and the further and higher education sector to recruit high quality employees.

Pre-employment training academies ensure that those who graduate are 'job ready' to work either within their placement companies, or within their sector.

To date a number of academies have been delivered in sectors such as software testing, cloud computing, data analytics, cyber security, salesforce, human capital, financial and legal services and export sales and marketing.

Benefits of Assured Skills

The Assured Skills academy model benefits both employers and participants:

  • It provides you with an opportunity to see the suitability of participants whilst assessing them as potential employees.
  • The academy also provides the participant with an insight to the work of their potential employer, whilst learning new transferable skills.
  • If the participant of the academy is unsuccessful in gaining employment with an employer, they will have gained additional skills that are recognised within the various sectors in Northern Ireland.

Find out more about Assured Skills and access video case studies.

If you would like to learn more about how to recruit staff with a specific set of skills or would like more information, you can contact the Assured Skills team on Tel 028 9041 6972 or by emailing

  • Assured Skills Branch
    028 9090 5250
Developed with:
  • Department for the Economy