Skill Up - The Flexible Skills Fund

The Open University in Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Department for the Economy, is offering a limited number of fully funded microcredential courses to help you reskill and upskill into areas where job growth is expected.

All courses are delivered online, allowing you to fit study around your life, from the experts in distance learning.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for a fully funded place you must be:

  • domiciled in Northern Ireland
  • eligible to work in Northern Ireland
  • settled in Northern Ireland, and ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years or have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK
  • over 18 years of age

In addition, you must meet the individual entry requirements for your chosen module. These can be viewed by following the links for each of the courses listed below.

How to apply

Registrations for fully funded microcredential places must be completed using this application form by 18:00 on 16 May 2022. Please do not register using the course links at the bottom of the page.

Guidance notes for applicants: it is important to read these guidance notes carefully before applying. They include key information about how to apply, entry requirements, key timescales and contact information, as well as other useful information about microcredential study.  

Please note applicants to the Flexible Skills Fund can apply to study up to two courses at any one time.
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What you can study

Upskill with our growing range of microcredentials. These professional development short courses are designed to help you quickly build in-demand career skills and knowledge to stay up to date with relevant and emerging practices, progress in growing industries, and get ahead. We recommend that you set aside around 10–13 hours to study each week.

Postgraduate microcredentials

Leadership and management

Teacher development and inclusive learning

Undergraduate microcredentials

Computing and digital technologies

Ready for postgraduate study?

If you are unsure about postgraduate study, our free badged OpenLearn course, Succeeding In Postgraduate Study, will provide essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level.

You can also explore the benefits of online learning and discover how to successfully learn with us by completing the free Get started with Online Learning course.

My hours were reduced due to lockdown but instead of letting it get me down, I looked into ways I could study. I was browsing training opportunities and applied for a fully funded course with the OU. I’m very excited to start learning again. I’m hoping it will give me the boost I need for a higher-grade job. I’m trying to convert all of my industry experience into a qualification that will give me the edge and advance my career to where I want to be.

Emma Bainbridge, postgraduate module in Sustainable Creative Management
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Business Management: Marketing Principles and Practice

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Developing Educational Leadership in Practice

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Mentoring and Coaching in Professional Learning

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Business Management: People Management and Leadership

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Climate Change: Transforming your Organisation for Sustainability

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Cisco: Python Programming (OpenEDG)

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Business Management: Project Management

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Business Management: Financial Accounting for Non-Financial Roles

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Management of Change: Organisation Development and Design

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Business Management: Improving Organisational Practice

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AWS: Solutions Architect

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Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action

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Global Development in Practice: Designing an Intervention

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Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses

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Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

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Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning

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Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity

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Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio

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Agile Management and Leadership

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Cyber Security Operations (Cisco)

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Tackling the Climate Crisis: Innovation from Cuba

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