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


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

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

Course Code:Course Name:Course Date:
Y11010OEEALevel 3 Customs Practitioner Award31st May, 8th June, 28th June & 5th July (4 full days) Exam 1st Aug
 Level 3 Air Source Heat Pumps and DesignTBC
 Level 3 Automotive Refrigerant HandlingTBC
 Level 3 Award in Coaching and MentoringTBC
 Level 5 Award in Creating Operational PlansTBC
 Level 5 Award in Leadership and ManagementTBC
 Level 5 Award in Managing Quality and Continuous Improvement PlansTBC
 Level 3 Award in Monitoring Quality to Improve OutcomesTBC
Y10392OE1CLevel 3 Award In Project ManagementStart date:  01.06.22  End date:06.07.22. Times: Wed 6-9.30pm. 6 weeks
Y10305OD1CLevel 2 Award in Social Media22nd September 10.00-13.30 for 8 weeks
 Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning DifficultiesTBC
Y10896OE1CLevel 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management6th September -  Tues 5-9pm for 12 weeks
 Level 4 CISCO Cyber Security EssentialsTBC
 Level 4 Cloud/Dev Ops Version 1TBC
 Level 5 CMI Coaching and MentoringTBC
 Level 3 Commercial GasTBC
 Level 2 Computerised Accounts AwardTBC
 Level 4 Cyber Security Infrastructure Pathway TBC
 Level 3 DEI - Domestic Electrical InstallersTBC
Y10916OD1CLevel 4 Digital Marketing 13th September 10:00-13:30 for 12 weeks.
 Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and ManagementTBC
 Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charging EquipmentTBC
 Level 3 Electrical Energy Storage SystemsTBC
 Level 2 F-GasTBC
 Level 3 Fire and SecurityTBC
 Level 3 Gas AuditingTBC
 Level 2 Gas Safety Awareness in Social HousingTBC
 Level 5 Green Technologies AwardTBC
 Level 5 Green Technologies CertificateTBC
 Level 5 Green Technologies Extended CertificateTBC
 Level 2 Health & Social Care ProgrammeTBC
 Level 5  HVO Bio Oils TBC
 Level 3 HybridTBC
 Level 4 HybridTBC
 Level 3 IMI Light Vehicle Maintenance and RepairTBC
 Level 3 Initial Inspections and TestingTBC
 Level 3 Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat PumpsTBC
 Level 2 Introduction to Hydrogen BoilersTBC
 Level 2 Low Energy BuildingsTBC
 Level 3 Managing a Team to Achieve ResultsTBC
 Level 3 MLP New EntrantsTBC
 Level 3 PAT TestingTBC
 Level 3 Periodic Inspections and TestingTBC
 Level 4 Picoscope TrainingTBC
 Level 3 Principles of Leadership and ManagementTBC
 Level 5 Retrofitting AwardTBC
 Level 5 Retrofitting CertificateTBC
 Level 5 Retrofitting Extended CertificateTBC
 Level 3 SIEMENS MechatronicsTBC
 Level 4 Software Development Version 1TBC
 Level 3 Solar PVTBC
 Level 3 Solar ThermalTBC
 Level 2 Trade and Export Certificate in International TradeTBC
 Level 3 Trade and Export Customs Practitioner AwardTBC
Y10920OD1ELevel 3 Trade and Export Fundamentals of International Trade11.00-12.30 27th April every Wednesday for 5 weeks, Tues 7 June, &10th August
 Level 3 Trade and Export Global Marketplace September 2022
 Level 3 Trade and Export Introduction to International Trade ManagementTBC
 Level 4 Trade and Export Level 4 Certificate International FinanceTBC
 Level 4 Trade and Export Level 4 Certificate Physical DistributionTBC
 Level 3 Trade and Export Transport and DocumentationTBC
 Level 3 Train the Trainer27th April 6-9pm for 6 weeks
 Level 3 Unvented TBC
 Level 3 Water Regulations for Heat PumpsTBC
 Level 2 Welding Skills MIG/TIGTBC
 Level 5 Women in Leadership Executive Mentoring ProgrammeTBC

All courses are studied online unless otherwise stated. 

If you wish to be placed on the waiting list for any course please email

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! *
  • 95% Overall Student Satisfaction rate
  • 91% Overall 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

Leadership & Management Programmes: Contact: Clare McManus, Business Development Manager by emailing