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.


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.



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

Course Code:Course Name:Course Date:
 Level 3 Customs Practitioner Award  - 1 day a month for 4 months

Course 1 -12-Jan-22, 26 Jan, Feb,16 Feb & 2 March

Course 2- 19 Jan. 2 Feb, 16th Feb, 8th March


Level 3 Award in the Installation and Commissioning of Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment

17-19 Jan 22 (3days)

Y10916OD1C Level 4 Award in Social Media and Digital Marketing18-Jan-22, Tues 10-1.30pm 12wks
Y10998ODEATravel & Tourism Development Programme 18-Jan-22 , Tues 10-1.30pm 12wks
 CMI Level 3 Award in Principles of Communication19-Jan-22  Wed 6-9pm
Y10896OD1CCMI Level 5 Certificate Leadership & Management13th Jan Thur 5-9pm for 12 weeks
Y10868OD1CCMI Level 3 Award in Leadership & Management - Principles of Leadership & Management

Jan-22 Tues/Thur 9-12.30pm

 Level 2 Award in Innovation & Enterprise in Practice

22 Feb 6-9.30,

26 Feb 10-3,5 Mar 10-3,

8 Mar 6-9.30pm (Bangor)

 CISCO Cyber Security Essentials13th January 6-9.30pm 5 weeks & 24th Feb 6-9.30pm 5 weeks.
 Women In Leadership Executive Mentoring Programme (L5 Award in L & M & mentoring)2nd Feb,9.30-1.30pm 8 weeks
 CMI Level 3 Award Monitoring Quality to Improve Outcomes2nd Feb, Wed 10-1pm for 8 weeks.
Y10392OD1CCMI Level 3 Award in Project Management

03-Feb-22 Thur 1.30-5pm

 CMI Level 3 Award Managing a Team to Achieve Results

04-Feb-22 Fri 9.30-12.30pm

Y10795OD1CTrain the Trainer

11-Feb-22 Fri 9.30-12.30pm

 CMI Level 5 Award in Leadership

21-Feb-22 Mon 9.15-1.15pm

 CMI Level 5 Award in Creating and Delivering Operational Plans21 Feb 22 Wed 10-1pm for 6 weeks
 Level 2 Certificate Introduction to International Trade, Customs and Logistics Feb-22
Y10957ND1CPhotovoltaic (PV) Training and AssessmentFeb-22
 PLC ProgrammingFeb-22
 Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat PumpsFeb-22
 CMI Level 5 Award in Managing Quality and Continuous ImprovementMar-22

**Please ensure you check the course code before you 'Add to basket' to ensure you are applying for the correct course. 

Why Study with us?

Every year we work with local businesses and individuals to develop employment opportunities and support growth in the local economy.

  • We are Northern Ireland’s TOP PERFORMING college! *
  • SERC came top in the National Student Survey (NSS) in 2020
  • 95% Student Satisfaction rate
  • 94% Achievement rate
  • 90% of students agree that SERC’s facilities and resources helped them learn.
  • Our courses are recognised and valued qualifications, equipping the NEXT GENERATION of Professionals to enter the workforce and support a growing economy.
  • In addition to teaching qualifications, SERC staff also have professional qualifications and often provide specialist training to industry.

And so much more!!!

*Department for the Economy NI published Success Results.

Contact Us

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

Contact: Debbie Scott, Programme Manager by emailing