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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 Spreadsheet Software (online) Level 3

    This qualification will enable students to use a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise data, select and use appropriate formulas and data analysis tools and select and use tools and techniques to present, format and publish spreadsheet information.

    Entry Requirements: There are no formal entry requirements however typically learners should have an intermediate knowledge of IT skills and be at least 18 years of age.

    1 evening per week x 12 weeks
    OCN NI Exploring Social Media (online) Level 2

    This course will enable the learner to understand how to use social media safely. Looking at the positive and negative aspects of using social media for groups, individuals, businesses and organisations.

    Entry Requirements: Suitable for learners who have a basic understanding of the use of information technology. Age 18+

    16 hours, 1 class per week
    x 5 weeks

    OCN NI Digital Marketing (online) Level 2

    The OCN NI Digital Marketing qualification aims to develop knowledge and skills in the use of internet and communications technologies for marketing activities. With the increased use of communications technologies many companies are taking advantage of digital marketing strategies to promote and market their products and services. This qualification will enable learners to develop an understanding of internet and communications technologies, including search engine optimisation and the use of mobile and internet technologies for marketing applications.

    Entry Requirements: There are no formal restrictions on entry however learners must be at least 18 years of age.

    1 evening per week x 12 weeks
    OCN NI Digital Marketing (online) Level 4

    The OCN NI Level 4 Award in Social Media and Digital Marketing qualification aims to develop knowledge and skills in the use of internet and communications technologies for marketing activities and manage the use of social media within organisations. With the increased use of communications technologies many companies are taking advantage of social media and digital marketing approaches to promote and market their products and services.


    Entry Requirements: Experience and an understanding and appreciation of the use of digital marketing/information technology in business would be necessary. Learners must be at least 18 years old to complete the qualification.
    1 evening per week x 17 weeks
    Kickstart IT Programme (blended) Level 4

    The content of this intensive IT course is industry-specific and of a practical nature. A strong emphasis is put on Software Testing as employers require talent in this area. Core qualification - OCN NI Level 4 Diploma in Software Testing consisting of four mandatory modules. Further accreditations include ISTQB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing. A certificate of competency from an in-house Java exam is also included.

    Entry Requirements: Applicants to have at least a level four or higher qualification. Ideally within a STEM area. Consideration also to applicants with strong A Level/Level three grades particularly in IT. Finally, consideration given to applicants with no formal accreditation or credit but have evidence of strong IT knowledge. Applicants will need to pass an aptitude test and interview as part of the application process. Age 18+

    16 weeks classroom based (Full-time) followed by 4 week work placement if qualifications passed and successful at interview
  • 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)

    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 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management (online)

    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 Level 3 Customs Practitioner Award (online)

    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
  • 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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