Free upskilling courses in leadership and management

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Queen’s University Belfast has launched free upskilling courses in leadership and management for individuals whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19

The Department for the Economy (DfE) will be funding 215 places as part of their skills initiative to offer over 5,000 free, short-term courses for those impacted by COVID-19.


The places are available to Northern Ireland residents who can demonstrate they, or their partner if relevant, have been impacted by COVID-19. This includes:

  • those who have lost their job
  • those who have been furloughed
  • those who are currently employed with a company whose business activities have been impacted
  • those who have been otherwise displaced by the pandemic

Available courses

The courses will be delivered by the Graduate School and the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s Management School, and include:

  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Strategic Leadership and Management Programme
  • Strategic Change Leadership for Digital Transformation
  • Negotiation and Influencing Skills
  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers
  • Aspiring Leaders Programme
  • Emerging Leaders Programme
  • Senior Executive Programme
  • Mini MBA Programme.

They will cover a range of areas including leadership, strategy, entrepreneurship, finance, digital transformation, and management. Participants will receive a Queen’s certificate and those who complete the CMI Strategic Leadership and Management Programme will gain CMI Level 7 accreditation and Foundation Chartered Manager (fCMgr) status.

How do I apply?

All applicants must have access to a computer and internet connection. Teaching will be delivered in a COVID-safe manner, primarily through flexible distance-based delivery. The deadline for applications is 4pm on Monday 15 March 2021.

For more information about the courses available, including admissions, eligibility and application information, see free leadership courses for those impacted by COVID-19.

The courses in leadership and management will commence from March to May 2021.

First published 1 March 2021