Fully funded microcredential courses

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Free places available on Open University microcredential courses to build professional skills

The Open University in Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Department for the Economy, is offering a limited number of opportunities to upskill and reskill for those impacted by COVID-19.

Microcredentials are sector-endorsed courses designed to pinpoint skills to meet employer needs in a flexible, time-friendly and in-demand way. There are many benefits related to undertaking a microcredential for employers:

  • Current, international course content, that is fully accredited to address specific skills gaps within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Self-paced to suit professional and personal commitments.
  • Meets a range of diverse learning styles and preferences, contributing to professional growth.

The courses take just 10 to 12 weeks of online study and are becoming more popular in industry and education due to their focused and flexible delivery. Normally costing between £350 and £1000, for those impacted by COVID-19 in Northern Ireland, the Department for the Economy are covering these fees meaning that you don’t have to spend a penny. As long as you have access to the internet you can study.

How to apply

The fully funded short courses will be offered to NI residents 18 years of age or over and based on the following criteria:

  • have been furloughed
  • been made redundant
  • have a reduced hours contract
  • self-employed with a reduction in earnings
  • at high risk from coronavirus (shielding for instance)
  • a recent graduate unable to gain employment in a preferred area
  • experience of working in education including colleges, universities, schools, workplace learning and/or wider adult learning settings - you will have recently been involved in online teaching, learning and assessment, and/or learner support, as a result of the pandemic

You'll need to complete an expression of interest form. The deadline for applications is 1pm on Tuesday 9 March 2021.

Find out more about the microcredential courses on offer, the eligibility criteria and how to apply on the Open University website.


First published: 29 September 2020