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 Category Course Name Course Dates Contact Course Code
AutomotiveLevel 3 Automotive Refrigerant Handling  16/11/22, 23/01/22 2
 Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment05/09/2022, 04/10/2022, 29/11/2022, 23/01/2023, 20/02/2023, 20/03/2023, 17/04/2023, 02/05/
 Level 3 Hybrid 17/10/22, 7/11/22, 21/11/22, 5/12/22 3
 Level 3 IMI Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Sept-Feb
 Level 4 HybridSept- Feb
 Level 4 Picoscope TrainingSept-Feb
Business & MarketingLevel 2 Computerised Accounts AwardTues 11th October 9.15-12.45 and 5.00-8.30pm for 16 & Y10286OEEC
 Level 4 Digital Marketing 13th September 10:00-13:30 for 12 weeks.   Tues 20th Sept 5-8.30pm Y10916OD1C (day) Y10916OE1C (evening)
 Level 2 Award in Social Media13th October – 8th December   Thurs 5-8.30pm Y10305OE1C
ComputingCisco Cyber Security  Y10963OE1C
ConstructionLevel 5 Retrofitting Award02/09/2022 09/01/  
 Level 5 Retrofitting CertificateSept-Feb  
 Level 5 Retrofitting Extended CertificateSept-Feb  
ElectricalLevel 3 DEI - Domestic Electrical InstallersSept-Feb Y10794SD1C
 Level 3 Fire and SecuritySept-Feb  
 Level 3 Initial Inspections and TestingSept-Feb Y10398ND1C
 Level 3 PAT TestingSept-Feb Y10375SD1C
 Level 3 Periodic Inspections and TestingSept-Feb Y10399NE1C
 Level 3 Solar PV31/10/2022, 06/12/2022, 06/03/2023, 16/05/  
 Level 3 Solar Thermal24/10/22, 31/01/23, 28/03/  
 Level 3 Electrical Energy Storage Systems24/10/2022, 15/11/2022, 05/12/2022, 17/04/2023, 04/05/2023, 07/06/  
EngineeringWelding Mig & Tig20/9/22 & 26/9/ & Y10308SE1G
 Siemens Level 126/09/ Y10686LD1C


Green Technologies

Level 5 Green Technologies Award02/09/2022 & 09/01/  
 Level 5 Green Technologies CertificateSept-Feb  
 Level 5 Green Technologies Extended CertificateSept-Feb  
 Level 5 Hydrated Veg Oil (HVO) Bio OilsSept-Feb 2023  
 Level 2 Low Energy Buildings20/09/2022, 10/10/2022, 01/12/2022, 21/12/2022, 02/05/2023, 31/05/2023, 05/06/2023, 05/06/  
Health CareLevel 2 Health & Social Care Programme12/09/22 (Mon 09:30 - 15:00 & Fri 2 hrs pw) for 20 weeks, Downpatrick Y10326DD1C
Leadership & ManagementLevel 5 Award in Coaching and Mentoring29/9/22 Thurs 9.30-1pm 13 weeks & 3/10/22 6-9.30pm for 13 or
 Creating Operational or 
 Level 5 Award in Leadership and or 
 Managing Quality and Continuous Improvement Plans25/10/22 Tues 9.30-1pm 6 or
 Monitoring Quality to Improve or 
 Level 3 Award In Project Management01.06.22  End date:06.07.22. Times: Wed 6-9.30pm. 6 or
 Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management6th September -  Tues 5-9pm for 12 or
 Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management7/9/2022 24 or
 Level 3 Managing a Team to Achieve ResultsJan-23 Y10868OD1C
 Level 3 Certificate Principles of Leadership and Management17/10/2022 6-9.30pm for 16 weeks & 15/11/22 9.30-1pm for 16 weeks Y10887OE1C
 Level 3 Train the Trainer22/09/22 6-9.30pm, 10/11/22 6-9.30pm,5/10/22 9.30-12.30, 10/2/23 9.30-12.30. Y10795OE1C (evening) Y10795OD1C(day)
 Women in Leadership Executive Mentoring Programme for those in manufacturing and engineeringThursdays 9.30-1.30 commencing 27th September for 8
PlumbingLevel 3 Gas Auditing07/12/2022 14/03/2023 30/05/ 
 Level 2 Gas Safety Awareness in Social 
 Level 3 Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps14/09/2022, 20/09/2022, 21/11/2022, 18/01/2023, 06/02/2023, 13/03/2023, 09/05/2023, 05/06/
 Level 2 Introduction to Hydrogen 
 Level 3 
 Level 3 Unvented Hot WaterSept-Feb 
 Level 3 Water Regulations for Heat PumpsSept-Feb 
Trade & ExportLevel 2 Award in International Trade, Customs and Logistics29/09/2022 Thur 3-4.30pm for 7 Y11024OD1C
 Level 3 Trade and Export Fundamentals of International TradeJune- August  Y10920OD1E
 Level 3 Trade and Export Transport & Documentation28/9/2022 Wed 10.30-12pm for 7 Y10920OD1C
 Level 3 Customs Practitioner AwardJanuary Y11010OD1C
 Level 3 Trade and Export Global Marketplace28/9/2022 Wed 2.30-4pm for 7 Y10920OD1G


All courses are either accredited or industry recognised and are completely FREE. Click the links below to find out more about each course.

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Contact us

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

Contact: Debbie Scott, Programme Manager by emailing