Free online skills courses for those whose employment has been disrupted

Mon, 05/10/2020 - 13:31 -- Editor

Economy Minister Diane Dodds today announced 3,000 free online training places for people whose employment has been disrupted by the pandemic.

Representing an investment of £4.6million, the courses will have a focus on digital skills and be delivered by the local colleges and universities.

Encouraging people to apply, the Minister said: “I am keenly aware of the impact Covid-19 has had on the employment of so many people across a wide range of sectors. These 3,000 online training places will provide people with the opportunity to upskill and reskill, enabling them to pursue a career in what are growing local sectors.

“Developing the skills of our people right across Northern Ireland is a key priority for me as we begin the process of rebuilding our economy. This investment builds on my previous announcement in June of £1.7million for online training places and I am determined to keep skills at the centre of our long term strategic plans.

“Courses will be available from both further and higher education institutions and I urge anyone who is eligible to access this free training.”

The courses will be delivered online, except where there is a technical aspect which requires face-to-face learning.

More details of the courses available and how to access them are at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/free-short-term-courses-improve-skills