Date published: 12 June 2020
· Employment and skills programmes (including apprenticeships)
· Skills strategies
Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced an investment of £1.7 million for a range of online skills interventions to upskill and retrain people whose jobs have been impacted by Covid-19.
£1.7m to support online learning for people impacted by Covid-19
The funding will be used to deliver a range of online learning for individuals whose jobs have been impacted by Covid-19.
This initiative will create almost 2,000 free places on short courses, delivered by the local further education colleges and universities.
These courses are fully accredited and include opportunities from entry to postgraduate levels, focussing on skills identified by industry, including digital skills, essential skills, employability skills, and leadership and management.
In addition, a range of courses aligned to work in the health and social care sector have been funded. This is in direct response to the demands placed on this sector throughout the public health emergency.
All courses will be delivered online and participation will be flexible to fit around the busy lives of individuals, many of whom may be working from home or providing support to children or vulnerable relatives. All courses include an accredited qualification and be complete by the 30 November 2020.
Courses will be advertised directly by the colleges and universities and a full portfolio of the available courses will be included on nidirect website