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Skill Up - The Flexible Skills Fund (Fully Funded)

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NWRC are now recruiting individuals to complete courses funded via the Flexible Skills Fund.

This programme will support the upskilling and reskilling of individuals to meet the needs of the economy as we emerge from the pandemic and grow beyond.

Fully funded by the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy, the Flexible Skills Fund will be responsive to the needs of the local economy, helping to upskill and boost productivity in a global market.

All courses are either accredited or industry recognised. You can find a detailed list of courses below.

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Courses Available 2022/23*

*subject to approval

  • OCN NI Award Cybersecurity

    This programme will support the upskilling and reskilling of individuals to meet the needs of the economy as we emerge from the pandemic and grow beyond. This programme will support the upskilling and reskilling of individuals to meet the needs of the economy as we emerge from the pandemic and grow beyond.

    Level 2
    OCN NI Spreadsheet Software

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    Level 2
    OCN NI Exploring Social Media

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    Level 2
    Digital MarketingLevel 2 OCN
    Digital MarketingLevel 4 OCN
    C&G Level 1 Manual Bookkeeping & AccountsLevel 1
  • C&G Welding Certificate (face to face) Level 1

    Our Level 1 welding courses are ideal for anyone who wants to become a welder and is new to welding, metal fabrication, thermal cutting and/or brazing and soldering. Two units will be completed for the Certificate.

    Entry Requirements: Age 18+

    60 hour,
    1 evening per week x
    20 weeks
    C&G Welding Award (face to face) Level 1

    Our Level 1 welding courses are ideal for anyone who wants to become a welder and is new to welding, metal fabrication, thermal cutting and/or brazing and soldering. One unit will be completed for the Award.

    Entry Requirements: Age 18+

    48 hours, 1 evening per week x
    16 weeks
    C&G Welding (face to face) Level 2

    Our Level 2 welding courses are aimed at anyone already working in the industry who wants to develop their welding skills further and advance their career.On completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate your competence in joining, welding, cutting or forming of materials.

    Entry Requirements: This level will suit you if you are working in engineering and have some knowledge and skills in the industry, usually from a role where you've been supervised. Age 18+

    96 hours, 1 evening per week x
    32 weeks
    C&G Welding (face to face) Level 3

    Our Level 3 welding courses are for experienced welders who need a qualification to progress to complex welding work and quality control.

    Entry Requirements: This level is ideal if you are working in Fabrication and Welding Engineering and have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge. You work with minimum supervision and have a good record of safety, fault correction and ensuring work meets the required standard. Age 18+

    102 hours, 1 evening per week x
    34 weeks
    OCN Level 2 Award in Digital Fabrication (face to face) Level 2

    This course will promote and develop understanding and use of digital fabrication including 3D printing. The qualification supports the demand for science related qualifications and government policy in promoting science, technology, engineering and maths – STEM

    Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification however it would best suit individuals wishing to pursue a career in design and/or engineering fabrication. Individuals with an interest in the application of digital fabrication in a range of areas from creative arts through to manufacturing will find the qualification valuable. Age 18+

    24 hours, 1 evening per week x
    6 weeks
    OCN Level 3 Award in Digital Prototype Design and Manufacture (face to face) Level 3

    This qualification has been designed to enable new learners and existing engineers and technicians to build skills in the development of prototypes and short run manufactures through the use of cutting-edge computer aided design software and 3D printing and/or CNC (Computer Numerical Control) manufacturing processes.

    Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements however it is targeted at individuals who wish to gain an understanding of digital prototype design and manufacture. Age 18+

    48 hours, 1 evening per week x
    12 weeks
  • CCEA Phlebotomy (Award) (online) Level 3

    The Level 3 Award in Phlebotomy introduces learners to the initial theoretical knowledge underpinning the practice of phlebotomy and allows them to demonstrate application and release of a tourniquet and taking blood from a dummy arm.

    Entry Requirements: This qualification is for learners who are interested in becoming a phlebotomist and who may not currently be working in the health sector or a related area. Age 18+

    20 hours,
    1 full day per week x
    3 weeks
    CCEA Phlebotomy (Certificate) (blended) Level 3

    The Level 3 Certificate in Phlebotomy equips learners with the essential skills, knowledge and understanding to undertake the role of a phlebotomist.

    Entry Requirements: These qualifications are for learners who are already working in the healthcare professions or an associated area of employment where blood taking/testing is required. Examples of relevant workplaces include: doctors' surgeries; dental practices; care homes; research departments of universities; professional sporting clubs, and occupational health providers.

    52 hours,
    1 full day per week x
    8 weeks
    CPCAB Understanding Substance Misuse (online) Level 2

    This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of substance misuse. The knowledge gained would be useful in a variety of settings, both professional, paraprofessional and personal.

    Entry Requirements: This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological distress. Age 18+

    30 hours,
    1 evening per week x 15 wks
    OCN NI Award in Awareness of Mental Health & Wellbeing (online) Level 2

    The aim of the OCN NI Level 2 Award in Awareness of Mental Health and Well-being qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to work in roles that support mental health and well-being. The learners will also develop an awareness of mental health interventions and support strategies.

    Entry Requirements: This qualification is targeted at learners who have an interest in working with and promoting the mental health and well-being of individuals. Age 18+

    24 hours,
    1 evening per week x
    8 weeks
    OCN NI Level 2 Award in End of Life Care (E-learning with support) Level 2

    The aim of the OCN NI Level 2 Award in End of Life Care is to provide an understanding of the principles and processes involved in end of life care. Students will develop an
    understanding of how to sensitively and appropriately care for individuals in the final
    stages of life.

    Entry Requirements: The OCN NI Level 2 Award in End of Life Care is particularly suitable (but not limited) to those who are currently working or who wish to work in the health and social care sector, in the area of end of life care. This qualification may be of interest to health and social care roles which may include the following: health residential, domiciliary care and palliative care. Age 18+

    10 hours,
    1 class per week x
    4 weeks
    OCN Level 1 Award in Supporting Individuals Living with Dementia (online) Level 1

    The OCN NI Level 1 Award in Supporting Individuals Living with Dementia qualification has been designed to provide an understanding of how to support individuals with dementia and how to seek support and advice for those affected by dementia.

    Entry Requirements: The qualification is targeted at learners who are currently, or may in the future, provide support and/or care for individuals living with dementia. Age 18+

    15 hours,
    1 class per week x
    4 weeks
    OCN Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia (online) Level 2

    The aim of the OCN NI Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia is to promote an awareness of dementia care.

    Entry Requirements: The OCN NI Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia is particularly suitable for those who are currently working or who wish to work in the health and social care sector, in the area of dementia care. This qualification may be of interest to health and social care roles including care workers, healthcare assistants, support/key workers and first line supervisors. Age 18+

    24 hours,
    1 class per week x
    8 weeks
    OCN NI Level 2 Award in Introduction to Mindfulness and Reducing Anxiety in Children (blended) Level 2

    This course will provide the practitioner with the skills and knowledge to help with stress reduction in children exhibiting anxiety, through the use of mindfulness techniques.

    Entry Requirements: Age 18+

    12 hours,
    1 class per week x
    4 weeks
  • ILM Level 3 Award Leadership and Management (online) Level 3

    Gain a range of key management skills; build your leadership capabilities; motivate and engage teams; manage relationships confidently.

    Entry Requirements:Ideal qualification for new or aspiring first line managers. Age 18+

    60 hours,
    1 class per week x
    12 weeks
    ILM Level 3 Cert Leadership and Management (online) Level 3

    Gain a range of key management skills; build your leadership capabilities; motivate and engage teams; manage relationships confidently.

    Entry Requirements: Ideal qualification for new or aspiring first line managers. Age 18+

    84 hours,
    1 class per week x
    16 weeks
    ILM Level 5 Cert Leadership and Management (online) Level 5

    Technical knowledge, strategic insight and practical expertise. Develop your skills and experience, improve your performance and prepare for senior management responsibilities.

    Entry Requirements: This qualification is designed for practising middle managers. Develop your skills and experience, improve your performance and prepare for senior management responsibilities.

    99 hours,
    1 class per week x
    20 weeks
    IOE - Customs Practitioner Award (online) Level 3

    This course introduces key aspects of customs compliance, including classification, origin, valuation and completing export declarations.

    Entry Requirements: No formal qualifications are required for this course. Age 18+

    1 full day per week x
    4 weeks
    IOE - Level 3 in International Trade (online) Level 3

    Broaden your awareness of global trade issues and get a clear understanding of the processes and practicalities of International Trade.

    Entry Requirements: No formal qualifications are required for this course. Age 18+

    1 evening per week x
    8 weeks
  • OCN NI Level 3 Award in Business Development Skills (online) Level 3

    This qualification will provide learners with the opportunity to prepare for enterprise by developing entrepreneurial and business planning skills.

    Entry Requirements: Learners do not require previous business learning but it is expected that they should be at least 18 years of age and have adequate literacy skills to complete a level 3 qualification.

    1 evening
    per week
    x 10 weeks

Register Your Interest

If you are interested in any of the courses offered on this page, please complete the short form and a member of our Business Support team will be in touch

Eligibility

The Flexible Skills Fund programme will be accessible to all groups, those in employment and those unemployed. 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.

To apply you must be;

  • 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.
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