As part of the Northern Ireland Executive’s Economic Recovery Action Plan, a new Flexible Skills Fund, “Skill Up”, has been established by The Department for the Economy. The purpose of this funding is to help upskill and reskill individuals to meet the needs of the economy as we emerge from the pandemic.

The Department for the Economy is currently supporting a range of online skills provision to upskill and reskill people in economic priority sectors and in-demand areas. These include life and health sciences, green technologies, advanced manufacturing / engineering and digital, to enhance skill sets in critical transferable areas such as leadership and management, entrepreneurship and employability. In partnership with The Department for the Economy, through this scheme, The Open University in Northern Ireland is offering a limited number of fully funded, accredited learning opportunities to upskill and reskill in leadership and management and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). These FULLY FUNDED  places include postgraduate modules / microcredentials (undergraduate and postgraduate).

At The Open University, we offer a portable and flexible model, removing geographical and time-specific boundaries to help with a growing demand for life-long learning. We have a strong pedigree of course development designed for on-screen learning using digital technology to maximise learner engagement in a high quality and fully supported way.

For further information, and details of how to apply, please visit:

Application deadline: 1 October 2021 at 6pm

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