The Flexible Skills Fund has been established to help upskill and reskill individuals to meet the needs of the economy as we emerge from the pandemic and continue to grow the economy beyond it.

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SERC is now recruiting students for the fully funded intensive programme.

The Flexible Skills Fund has been established to help upskill and reskill individuals to meet the needs of the economy as we emerge from the pandemic and continue to grow the economy beyond it.

Eligibility Criteria


SKILL UP is funded by The Flexible Skills Fund, which is accessible to all groups -  those in employment and those unemployed. The programme will seek to encourage participants from various socio-economic, academic and non-academic backgrounds. Participants will be able to avail of free courses and accredited qualifications, which will improve their skills, benefitting their employment opportunities and enhancing Northern Ireland’s continuously growing and diversifying economy.

  • over 18 years of age;
  • eligible to work in Northern Ireland;
  • ‘settled’ in Northern Ireland, and has been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years;
  • or is a person who has indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK.

Participants should be best placed to achieve the qualification therefore they should be asked to undertake no more than two Flexible Skills Fund courses at any one time.

Upcoming Courses


Course CategoryCourse NameCourse DatesContactCourse Code
AutomotiveLevel 3 Automotive Refrigerant Handling 23/01/22 2
 Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment23/01/2023, 20/02/2023, 20/03/2023, 17/04/2023, 02/05/
 Level 3 Hybrid 5/12/22 3 Y10383DD1C
 Level 3 IMI Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Sept-Feb Y10440DD1G
 Level 4 HybridSept-Feb Y10220DD1C
 Level 4 Picoscope TrainingSept-Feb Y10954DDAC
Business & MarketingLevel 2 Computerised Accounts AwardTues 6th December, 9.30-1pm for 16
 Level 4 Award in Social Media and Digital MarketingTuesday 17th January 10:00-1:30pm and 5-8.30pm for 12 Y10916OE1C (evening)
 Level 2 Award in Social MediaThursday 19th January  10-1.30pm for 8 weeks.
 Women in Leadership Executive Mentoring Programme 9.30-1.30 w/c 16th January for 8
ComputingCisco Cyber Security
ConstructionLevel 5 Retrofitting Award09/01/ Full
 Level 5 Retrofitting CertificateSept-Feb TBC
 Level 5 Retrofitting Extended CertificateSept-Feb Course Full
ElectricalLevel 3 DEI - Domestic Electrical InstallersSept-Feb
 Level 3 Fire and SecuritySept-Feb
 Level 3 Initial Inspections and TestingSept-Feb
 Level 3 PAT TestingSept-Feb
 Level 3 Periodic Inspections and TestingSept-Feb
 Level 3 Solar PVJan 2023-March
 Level 3 Solar ThermalJan 2023-March
 Level 3 Electrical Energy Storage SystemsJan 2023-March
EntrepreneurshipLevel 2 Award in Innovation and Enterprise in PracticeMon 16th January 9-12 for 10 weeks – Newcastle
EngineeringWelding Mig & Tig20/9/22 & 26/9/
 Siemens Level 126/09/
Green TechnologiesLevel 5 Green Technologies Award09/01/ full
 Level 5 Green Technologies CertificateSept 2022-March full
 Level 5 Green Technologies Extended CertificateSept 2022-March full
 Level 5 Hydrated Veg Oil (HVO) Bio OilsSept 2022-March
 Level 2 Low Energy BuildingsSept 2022-March
 Level 3 Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat PumpsSept 2022-March
 Level 2 Introduction to Hydrogen BoilersJan 2023 – March
 Level 3 Award in Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water Systems in DwellingsSept 2022-March
 City & Guilds Level 2 Award in RetrofitSept 2022-March
Health CareLevel 2 Health & Social Care Programme12/09/22 (Mon 09:30 - 15:00 & Fri 2 hrs pw) for 20 weeks, Downpatrick
Leadership & ManagementLevel 5 Award in Coaching and Mentoring09/01/2023 9.30-1pm 13 Y10947OD1C
 L5 Award in Leadership and Management – unit- Creating Operational PlansJan 23 9.30-1pm (date not confirmed) Y10850OD1C
 L5 Award in Leadership and Management unit- Quality and Continuous Improvement Plans25/10/22 Tues 9.30-1pm 6 Y11037ODSA
 Level 3 Award In Project Management25/1/23  Wed 6-9.30pm. 6 Y10392OE1C
 Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management6th September -  Tues 5-9pm for 12 Y10896OE1C
 Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management7/9/2022 for 24 Y10890OD1G
 Level 3 Managing a Team to Achieve Results28/11/2022 9.30-1pm for 6 Y10868OD1C
 Level 3 Certificate Principles of Leadership and Management9/11/22 9.30-1pm for 16 Y10887OE1C
 Level 3 Train the Trainer17/1/2023 9.30-12.30pm., 10/2/23 Y10795OE1C (evening) Y10795OD1C (day)
 Women in Leadership Executive Mentoring Programme for those in manufacturing and engineering27th September for 8
 Women in Leadership Executive Mentoring Programme w/c 16th January for 8
PlumbingLevel 3 Gas Auditing07/12/2022, 14/03/2023
 Level 2 Gas Safety Awareness in Social
 Level 3
 Level 3 Unvented Hot WaterSept-Feb
 Level 3 Water RegulationsSept 2022-March
RefrigerationLevel 2 Award In F-Gas And ODS Regulations (2079)Jan 2023-Feb
 Level 2 Award in Brazing Techniques for Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump SystemsJan
 Level 2 Award in Hydrocarbon Refrigeration. Air Conditioning and Heat Pump System Installation. ServJan
Trade & ExportLevel 2 Award in International Trade, Customs and Logistics29/09/2022 Thur 3-4.30pm for 7
 Level 3 Trade and Export Fundamentals of International TradeJune- August
 Level 3 Trade and Export Transport & Documentation28/9/2022 Wed 10.30-12pm for 7
 Level 3 Customs Practitioner
 Level 3 Trade and Export Global Marketplace28/9/2022 Wed 2.30-4pm for 7


All courses are either accredited or industry recognised and are completely FREE

Click the course code links below to find out more about each course. CHECK BACK for regular updates to the above list.

**Please ensure you check the course code before you 'Add to basket' to ensure you are applying for the correct course.** 



Contact Us


Interested in finding out more about any of the above courses?

Contact: Debbie Scott, Programme Manager by emailing