Training your staff

Skill Up programme: Retrain and upskill your staff

Guide

Skill Up is a Department for Economy programme, with funding from the Northern Ireland Office and the Department of Finance, which provides a range of free short training courses.

There are opportunities for businesses to retrain and upskill their staff by taking advantage of the range of free training courses on offer. The local further and higher education providers in Northern Ireland deliver the courses and most of the courses will be carried out online.

Opportunities are available from entry to postgraduate levels, focusing on skills identified by industry, linked to priority economic sectors, including:

  • digital skills
  • green technologies
  • healthcare and life sciences
  • advanced manufacturing
  • leadership and management

Courses available

Find out what courses are available from local colleges and universities below. For more information on specific courses, visit the provider’s website.

The Open University

Digital

  • Cisco: Python Programming (OpenEDG)
  • AWS: Solutions Architect (in collaboration with Amazon Web Services)

Leadership and Management

  • Business Management: Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • Business Management: People Management and Leadership
  • Agile leadership and Management (in collaboration with the Agile Business Consortium)
  • Management of Change: Organisation Development and Design

Other

  • Teacher development: Embedding mental health in the curriculum - endorsed by the Mental Health Foundation

Further information and details on how to apply to the Open University Skill Up courses.

Queen’s University Belfast

Digital

  • Applied Cyber Security
  • Audiovisual Post-production
  • Data Analytics and Decision Making
  • Digital Transformation Toolbox
  • Innovation Leadership
  • Leading Digital Marketing
  • PG Diploma for those completing Software Development PgCert
  • Software Development
  • Strategic Change Leadership for Digital Transformation

Green Technologies

  • Hydrogen Energy Systems
  • Zero Carbon Engineering
  • Zero Carbon Engineering for those completing PgCert in Zero Carbon Engineering or Hydrogen Energy Systems

Manufacturing and Engineering

  • Advanced Manufacturing Leadership
  • Mechanical Engineering with Management

Health and Social care

  • Graduate Psychologist Mental Health Practitioner

Life and Health Sciences

  • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Leadership and Management

  • Mini MBA
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management

Further information and details on how to apply for Queen's University Skill Up courses.

Ulster University

Digital

  • Advanced Cert in Management & Practice Transformational Management in a Digital World
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science
  • Data Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Design, Research and Development (Animation)
  • Professional Software Development

Green Technologies

  • Energy Management and Green Technology
  • Hydrogen Safety

Life and Health Sciences

  • Coding Skills for Biologists
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring
  • Machine Learning
  • Molecular and Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis

Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Advanced Composites and Polymers
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Smart Manufacturing Systems

Leadership and Management

  • Enabling Business Recovery
  • Executive Leadership

Other

  • Business Sustainability and Innovation
  • Managing and Leading People
  • Strategic Marketing

Further information and details on how to apply to the Ulster University Skill Up courses.

Belfast Metropolitan College

Digital

  • BTEC Level 3 in Production
  • CIM Level 4 Award in Digital Marketing Techniques
  • Level 2 Award In 2D Computer Aided Design
  • MOS Excel
  • MOS PowerPoint
  • MOS Word
  • OCN Level 2 Award in Digital Construction
  • OCN Level 2 Award in Digital Marketing
  • OCN Level 2 Award in Digital Skills within Construction
  • OCN Level 3 Award in Digital Construction with BIM

Health and Social Care

  • CACHE Level 2 Introductory Awareness of Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • CACHE Level 3 Support Individuals with Autistic Conditions
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings
  • NOCN Level 2 Award in Meeting the Needs of Learners with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • OCN Level 2 Award in Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children and Young People
  • OCN Level 2 Award in Mental Health Awareness
  • OCN NI Level 2 Award in Early Years Learning, Care and Development
  • OCN NI Level 2 Award in Introduction to Mindfulness and Reducing Anxiety in Children

Leadership and Management

  • ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management
  • ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management

Further information and details on how to apply to the Belfast Met Skill Up courses.

    Northern Regional College

    Digital

    • Digital Marketing
    • Digital Prototype Design and Manufacture
    • Social Media
    • Social Media and Digital Marketing

    Green Technologies

    • Hybrid Electrical Vehicle Maintenance
    • Hybrid Electrical Vehicle Repair
    • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

    Health and Social Care

    • Award in Health and Social Care
    • Award in Infant and Child Mental Health and its Impact on Social and Emotional Development
    • Award in Understanding Protection and Safeguarding
    • Awareness of Dementia
    • Awareness of Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • Meeting the Needs of Learners with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the Mainstream Classroom
    • Mindfulness and Reducing Anxiety in Children
    • Working with Children and Young People with Special Needs

    Leadership and Management

    • Management and Leadership Principles of Innovation
    • Principles of management and Leadership Managing a team to achieve results
    • Principles of management and Leadership supporting the delivery of customer service

    Trade, Export and Logistics

    • Global Logistics
    • Green Logistics
    • Inventory Management
    • Logistics and Transport

    Other

    • Business Development Skills

    Further information and details on how to apply to the Northern Regional College's Skill Up courses.

    North West Regional College

    Digital

    • C&G Level 1 & 2 Computerised Accounts
    • C&G Level 1 Manual Bookkeeping & Accounts
    • Cisco Scaling Networks (Cybersecurity)
    • Digital Marketing Level 2
    • Digital Marketing Level 4
    • Kick-start IT Programme (Strabane)
    • OCN Level 2 Award in Digital Fabrication
    • OCN NI Exploring Social Media
    • OCN NI Spreadsheet Software
    • OCN NI Website Software
    • Software Testing

    Green Technologies

    • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
    • Electric Vehicle Level 2
    • Electric Vehicle Level 3

    Health and Social care

    • Awareness of End of Life Care
    • Dementia Awareness
    • OCN NI Mental Health Awareness
    • OCN L2 Introduction to Mindfulness and Reducing Anxiety in Children
    • Phlebotomy (Award)
    • Phlebotomy Level 3 Certificate
    • Tackling Substance Misuse

    Engineering and Manufacturing

    • Level 1 Award Welding
    • Level 1 Certificate Welding
    • Welding - Level 2
    • Welding - Level 3

    Leadership and Management

    • CIPD L3
    • CIPD L5
    • ILM Level 3 Certificate
    • ILM Level 3 Award
    • ILM Level 5
    • International Transport and Documentation (Level 3 Certificate in International Trade)

    Trade, Export and Logistics

    • Institute of Export Level 3 Customs Practitioner Award

    Other

    • Business Development Skills
    • Women Returners

    Further information and details on how to apply to the North West Regional College's Skill Up courses.

    South Eastern Regional College

    Digital

    • Cisco Cyber Security Essentials
    • Cyber Security Infrastructure Pathway
    • Digital Marketing
    • Ethical Hacking
    • Level 2 Award Computerised Accounts
    • Level 2 Award in Social Media
    • Level 4 Digital Marketing
    • Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Assistant
    • Version 1 - Software Development

    Green Technologies

    • Automotive Refrigerant Handling
    • Commercial Gas
    • Domestic Electrical Installers
    • Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment
    • Electrical Energy Storage Systems
    • F-Gas
    • Gas Auditing
    • Gas Safety Awareness in Social Housing
    • Green Technologies
    • HVO Bio Oils
    • Initial Verification and Certification of Electrical Installations
    • Intro to Hydrogen Boilers
    • Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps
    • Installation and Maintenance of Heat Pump Systems
    • Level 4 Hybrid
    • Low Energy Buildings
    • Managed Learning Programme Gas
    • OFTEC
    • Retrofitting
    • Solar PV
    • Solar Thermal
    • Unvented Training and Assessment
    • Water Regulations for Heat Pumps

    Health and Social Care

    • Level 2 Health and Social Care
    • Award in Awareness of Dementia
    • Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

    Engineering and Manufacturing

    • IMI Skills in Diagnosing Motor Vehicle Faults Where No Prescribed Process or Format is Available
    • Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
    • Periodic Inspections and Testing
    • Welding Skills MIG/TIG

    Leadership and Management

    • CMI Level 3 Award in Leadership & Management - Principles of Leadership & Management
    • CMI Level 3 Award in Project Management
    • CMI Level 3 Award Managing a Team to Achieve Results
    • CMI Level 3 Award Monitoring Quality to Improve Outcomes
    • CMI Level 3 Award in Coaching & Mentoring
    • CMI Level 5 Award in Creating and Delivering Operational Plans
    • CMI Level 5 Award in Leadership
    • CMI Level 5 Award in Managing Quality and Continuous Improvement
    • CMI Level 5 Leadership & Management
    • CMI Level 5 Diploma
    • Management Coaching and Mentoring
    • Train the Trainer

    Trade, Export & Logistics

    • Trade & Export - Introduction to International Trade Management
    • Trade & Export - Transportation and Documentation
    • Trade & Export - Fundamentals of International Business
    • Trade & Export – Global marketplace
    • International Trade, Customs and Logistics
    • International Trade Customs Practitioner Award
    • Finance of International Trade
    • International Physical Distribution

    Other

    • Women in Leadership - Executive Mentoring Programme

    Further information and details on how to apply to the South Eastern Regional College's Skill Up courses.

    Southern Regional College

    Digital

    • OCN Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Cloud Computing
    • OCN Level 4 Certificate in Data Analytics
    • Level 5 Certificate in Data Analytics
    • Level 3 Award Animation
    • OCN Level 4 Cyber Security
    • OCN Level 2 Introduction to Cyber Security
    • Digital Marketing and social media

    Green Technologies

    • LCL Awards Level 3 Award in the Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps BSU PT-G
    • Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

    Engineering and Manufacturing

    • OCN Industrial Robotics - Programming and Application Level 3
    • OCN Industrial Robotics - Programming and Application Level 4
    • Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation
    • Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance Activities Level 2 Award
    • Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement Level 3 Award
    • Manufacturing Computer Numerical Control Machining Processes

    Health and Social Care

    • Introduction To Counselling Skills
    • Introductory Awareness of Autistic Spectrum Conditions
    • Award in Transition to Play work
    • Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children & Young Adults
    • Understanding how to Support Individuals with Autistic Spectrum

    Life and Health Sciences

    • OCN Level 4 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Industry Regulation
    • OCN Level 4 Certificate in Laboratory Skills for Industry
    • OCN Level 5 Certificate Regulation in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Manufacturing and Distribution
    • OCN Level 4 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Analytical Quality Control and Analysis

    Leadership and Management

    • City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management
    • City and Guilds Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management
    • Level 3 Certificate in Effective Coaching & Mentoring
    • Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management
    • Award in Leadership & Management (Event and Project Management)
    • Award in Leadership & Management (Innovation and Change Management)
    • Award in Leadership & Management

    Trade, Export & Logistics

    • Programmable Logistics Controllers
    • Certificate in Logistics Operations

    Further information and details on how to apply to the Southern Regional College's Skill Up courses.

    South West College

    Digital

    • MTA Networking Fundamentals
    • Social Media and Digital Marketing

    Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction

    • Assembling and Testing Fluid Systems
    • Autocad 2D
    • Ensuring Air Tightness in Domestic Retrofit Project
    • Installation of External Wall Insulation for Domestic Retrofit
    • Installation Requirements for Heat Recovery Mechanical Ventilation Systems in Domestic Retrofit Projects
    • NOCN Bim/Revit
    • Retrofit
    • Understanding the Maintain and repair of pre 1919 Buildings
    • Welding
    • Welding and employability L2

    Health and Social Care

    • Introduction to Mindfulness and reducing Anxiety in Children
    • Managing Challenging Behaviours in Children
    • Working with Children and Young People with Special Needs

    Leadership and Management

    • Construction in Leadership and Management
    • Leadership and Management Level 3
    • Leadership and Management Level 5
    • Workplace Mentoring- Understanding good practice in manufacturing

    Further information and details on how to apply to the South West College's Skill Up courses.

    Further information

    Read further information on the Skill Up programme.