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 HandlingSeptember 23
 Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charging EquipmentSeptember
 Level 3 Hybrid September 23 Y10383DD1C
 Level 3 IMI Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair September 23 Y10440DD1G
 Level 4 HybridSeptember 23 Y10220DD1C
 Level 4 Picoscope TrainingSeptember 23 Y10954DDAC
Business & MarketingLevel 4 Award in Social Media and Digital Marketing

Day: Tues 26th September 10-1.30pm for 12 weeks


Evening: Wed 6th September 5-8.30pm for 12 weeks

Y10916OD1C (Day)

Y10916OE1C (Evening)

 Level 2 Award in Social Media

Thurs 28th September    10-1.30pm for 8 weeks


Mon 11th September 5-8.30pm for 8 weeks



ComputingCisco Cyber Security Essentials

Wed 13th September  

6-9.30pm for 5 weeks
ConstructionLevel 5 Retrofitting AwardSeptember 23 Full
 Level 5 Retrofitting CertificateSeptember 23 TBC
 Level 5 Retrofitting Extended CertificateSeptember 23 Course Full
ElectricalLevel 3 DEI - Domestic Electrical InstallersSeptember 23
 Level 3 Fire and SecuritySeptember 23
 Level 3 Initial Inspections and TestingSeptember 23
 Level 3 PAT TestingSeptember 23
 Level 3 Periodic Inspections and TestingSeptember 23
 Level 3 Solar PVSeptember 23
 Level 3 Solar ThermalSeptember 23
 Level 3 Electrical Energy Storage SystemsSeptember 23
EntrepreneurshipLevel 2 Award in Innovation and Enterprise in PracticeSeptember 23
EngineeringWelding Mig & TigSeptember 23
 Siemens Level 1September 23
Green TechnologiesLevel 5 Green Technologies AwardSeptember
 Level 5 Green Technologies CertificateSeptember 23
 Level 5 Green Technologies Extended CertificateSeptember
 Level 5 Hydrated Veg Oil (HVO) Bio OilsSeptember
 Level 2 Low Energy BuildingsSeptember
 Level 3 Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat PumpsSeptember
 Level 2 Introduction to Hydrogen BoilersSeptember
 Level 3 Award in Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water Systems in DwellingsSeptember
 City & Guilds Level 2 Award in RetrofitSeptember
Health CareLevel 2 Health & Social Care ProgrammeSeptember
Leadership & ManagementLevel 5 Award in Coaching and MentoringSeptember Y10947OD1C
 L5 Award in Leadership and Management – unit- Creating Operational PlansSeptember Y10850OD1C
 L5 Award in Leadership and Management unit- Quality and Continuous Improvement PlansSeptember Y11037ODSA
 Level 3 in Principles of Leadership and ManagementSeptember 23,

 Level 3 Award In Project ManagementSeptember Y10392OE1C
 Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and ManagementSeptember Y10896OE1C
 Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and ManagementSeptember Y11021OD1C
 CMI Level 5 in Leadership and ManagementSeptember 23

 Level 3 Managing a Team to Achieve ResultsSeptember Y10868OD1C
 Level 3 Certificate Principles of Leadership and ManagementSeptember Y10887OE1C
 Level 3 Train the TrainerSeptember 23

Y10795OE1C (evening) Y10795OD1C (day)
 Women in Leadership Executive Mentoring Programme for those in manufacturing and engineeringSeptember
 Women in Leadership Executive Mentoring ProgrammeSeptember
PlumbingLevel 3 Gas AuditingSeptember
 Level 2 Gas Safety Awareness in Social HousingSeptember
 Level 3 OFTECSeptember
 Level 3 Unvented Hot WaterSeptember
 Level 3 Water RegulationsSeptember
RefrigerationLevel 2 Award In F-Gas And ODS Regulations (2079)September
 Level 2 Award in Brazing Techniques for Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump SystemsSeptember
 Level 2 Award in Hydrocarbon Refrigeration. Air Conditioning and Heat Pump System Installation. ServSeptember
 Level 3 Certificate in Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Refrigeration Systems Service and MaintenanceSeptember
Trade & ExportLevel 2 Award in International Trade, Customs and LogisticsSeptember 23
 Level 3 Trade and Export Fundamentals of International TradeSeptember 23
 Level 3 Trade and Export Transport & DocumentationSeptember 23
 Level 3 Customs Practitioner AwardSeptember 23
 Level 3 Trade and Export Global MarketplaceSeptember 23
 Level 3 Trade and Export - Introduction to International Trade Management08/06/2023 Thurs 10-12.30pm for 7 weeks (break 13th & 20th July)


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