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
 Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charging
 Level 3 Hybrid
 Level 4
 Level 4 Picoscope
Business & MarketingLevel 4 Award in Social Media and Digital Marketing9 January 2024 Tues 10.00- 1.30pm for 12 weeks



  10 January 2024 Wed 5.00-8.30pm for 12 weeks



 Level 2 Award in Social Media11 January 2024 Thurs 10.00-1.30pm  for 8 weeks





05 February 2024 Mon 5pm-8.30pm for 8 weeks




ComputingCisco Cyber Security EssentialsWed 8th November – 6th December 6-9.30pm for 5 weeks Y10963OE1C
 Level 2 Unit in Website --
 Level 2 Cyber
EntrepreneurshipLevel 2 Award in Innovation and Enterprise in --
EngineeringSiemens Level
Green TechnologiesLevel 5 Green Technologies AwardJan
 Level 5 Green Technologies CertificateJan
 Level 2 Low Energy BuildingsNov 2023
 Level 3 Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps19/11/2023
 Level 2 Introduction to Hydrogen BoilersNov 2023
 Design of Heat Pump systems30/11/2023
 Level 2 Award in RetrofitNov 2023
 Level 3 Solar
 Level 3 Solar
 Level 3 Electrical Energy Storage
 Level 5 Retrofitting
 Level 5 Retrofitting CertificateJan 2024
 OCN Level 2 Award in Reducing Carbon Footprints through Environmental Action 31st January 2024 each Wed 9-5 for 4 weeks.
Leadership & ManagementLevel 5 Award in Coaching and --
 L5 Award in Leadership and Management – unit- Creating Operational Y10850OD1C
 L5 Award in Leadership and Management unit- Quality and Continuous Improvement Y11037ODSA
 Level 3 Award in Principles of Leadership and Y10868OD1C
 Level 3 Award In Project Y10392OE1C
 Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Y10896OE1C
 Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Y10890OE1C
 CMI Level 5 in Leadership and Y10850OD1C
 Level 3 Managing a Team to Achieve Y10868OD1C
 Level 3 Certificate Principles of Leadership and Y10887OE1C
 OCN L3 Award in Learning and Development (Train the Trainer) Y10795OE1C
 Women in Leadership Executive Mentoring
 PlumbingLevel 3 OFTEC9th Nov each Thurs or Fri 9-5 for 4 weeks 23rd Nov & 7th Dec
 Level 3 Unvented Hot Water07/11/ Y10710SD1C
  11/01/2024 Y10710ND1C
 Level 3 Water Regulations13/11/2023
Trade & ExportLevel 2 Award in International Trade, Customs and LogisticsMonday 3pm-4.30pm from 5 Feb 24 for 6 weeks.
 Level 3 Customs Practitioner Award9.45-16.00 Wed 7th February Wed 14th February Wed 6th March Wed 20th March (must attend all classes)
 Level 4 The Business

Where no course code is available please email the contact for the course to be added to the waiting list.  

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