Further education

Advice on all aspects of further education including policy, courses, how to apply and financial support available.


DfE's role in further education

The Department for the Economy (DfE) is responsible for the policy, strategic development and financing of the statutory further education sector.

Further education capital projects

Since 2003 the Department for the Economy, through the further education capital projects team, has worked closely with colleges to deliver over £340m of capital developments across the entire sector. This has been delivered through conventional procurement, public-private partnerships and programme allocations.

Qualifications required to teach in further education

The Department is responsible for setting the minimum qualification requirements to teach in the further education sector in Northern Ireland

Review of further education delivery model

The six further education (FE) colleges in Northern Ireland are arms-length bodies of the Department for the Economy and have a key role in delivering a range of academic, professional and technical education and training across Northern Ireland.

Related to Further education

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for the Economy including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

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