When a company is interested in creating jobs in Northern Ireland, Assured Skills provides the necessary support to deliver a skilled workforce through the delivery of pre-employment training programmes.

Current opportunities

Potential candidates can find out how to apply for the latest opportunities on NI Direct website, the official government website for Northern Ireland citizens:

What is the Assured Skills programme?

The Assured Skills programme is a short, demand-led, pre-employment training programme, which is fully funded by the Department for the Economy, to upskill individuals and help them compete for guaranteed job vacancies in new foreign direct investment (FDI) companies and expanding businesses.

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What Northern Ireland offers business

Who is eligible for the Assured Skills programme?

New inward investors, or existing employers considering expansion, who are Invest Northern Ireland clients may be eligible for Assured Skills.

How to apply

Please contact your Invest Northern Ireland Client Executive in the first instance. The Client Executive will be able to advise if Assured Skills is relevant to your needs and contact the Assured Skills team accordingly. If you do not have an Invest Northern Ireland Client Executive, please e-mail assuredskills@economy-ni.gov.uk directly.

What funding is available?

Funding will be provided by DfE to support a pre-employment training and skills development programme working in conjunction with companies.

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The Assured Skills Academy Model

Under the Assured Skills “Academy Model”, where a company or a consortium of companies have an identified skills need, DfE will consider developing a short-term pre-employment training intervention to meet that need.

This typically involves a six to eight week pre-employment training programme delivered by a local college or university.. The programme is designed to upskill individuals in the skills needed by industry for current job vacancies. 

The Academy Model is flexible and versatile, and has been used to help companies recruit new staff in areas such as: 

  • data analytics
  • business consultancy
  • legal services
  • financial services
  • software development
  • cyber security
  • welding
  • control numerical control machining.

How the Academy Model helps companies

The benefits of the Academy Model for companies include:

  • recruitment and selection for the Academy (including psychometric assessment if required)
  • a pre-employment training programme designed by the company/companies in conjunction with a local college or university
  • the training programme delivered by the college/university with input from the company/companies
  • the company/companies interview the trainees at the end of the programme
  • the department meets almost all pre-employment training costs

How the Academy Model helps candidates

If you are unemployed, under-employed, an 18 year old school leaver, a graduate or have experience and would like to change direction in your career, then the innovative Academy Model may be what you are looking for. The Academy Model will support you into employment by providing the skills that expanding companies want.

The vast majority of Academy programmes have been aimed at providing graduate level opportunities for unemployed graduates. Across the last two years alone, the Academies have helped graduates secure jobs in diverse roles such as data analytics, , financial services, software development, software testing and cyber security,.

Your existing qualifications are important but, participating companies want to see candidates with the drive and determination to succeed and a positive attitude to take on new challenges.

The Academies have around an 80 per cent success rate of participants progressing into full-time employment.

Previous participants continue to recommend Assured Skills Academies as great opportunities to develop skills and start new careers.

Current Academies are advertised online, using resources such as JobCentreOnline, nidirect, nijobs, recruitni and social media.

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