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Upskill Your Career

In a forever-changing ​and rapidly evolving economy, upskilling has never been more important. It not only helps you stay ahead of the competition but it will future-proof your career. With this in mind, The Department for the Economy, with funding from the Northern Ireland Office and the Department of Finance, is supporting free short courses, delivered by the local further and higher education providers.

There are up to 7000 free places available until end of March 2024.

Opportunities are available from entry to postgraduate levels, focussing on skills identified by industry, linked to priority economic sectors, including:

  • green technologies

  • advanced manufacturing

  • leadership and management

See Below an Example of the Courses Available

The Open University

Leadership and Management

  • Creating and Sustaining Value you must successfully complete Managing in a Changing World (B870) before taking this module

  • Effective Strategic Management in Business and the Public Sector you must successfully complete Managing in a Changing World (B870) and Creating and Sustaining Value (B872) before taking this module

  • Finance for strategic decision-making

  • Supply chain management

  • Sustainable Creative Management

  • Managing in a Changing World

  • Entrepreneurship in Context


  • Making environmental decisions

  • Environmental monitoring and protection

Queens University Belfast

Green Technologies

  • Engineering of Energy, Economics and the Environment (PG Cert)

  • Hydrogen Energy Systems (PG Cert)

  • Zero Carbon Engineering (PG Cert)

Manufacturing and Engineering

  • Advanced Manufacturing Leadership

Leadership and Management

  • Leading Transformation through Cultural Change

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management (PG Cert)

  • Business Analytics Essentials (CLI)

  • Emerging Leaders (CLI)

  • Leading Productivity (CLI)

  • Strategic Change Leadership for Digital Transformation

  • CMI Entrepreneurial Leadership

Ulster University

Green Technologies

  • Energy Management and Green Technology

  • Hydrogen Safety

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems

Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Biomedical Engineering

  • Manufacturing Management

  • Mechanical Engineering

Leadership and Management

  • Managing and Leading People

  • Enabling Business Resilience

  • Strategic Development

To find out more about the courses available for upskilling, follow the link below