Free online training for people whose jobs have been disrupted by the pandemic

  • 3,000 funded online training places will be available for people in Northern Ireland whose employment has been disrupted by the pandemic.

    Economy Minister Diane Dodds made the announcement today (Monday 5th October) and it represents an investment of £4.6million by the Department for the Economy.

    The courses will have a focus on digital skills and be delivered by local colleges and universities.

    "I am keenly aware of the impact Covid-19 has had on the employment of so many people across a wide range of sectors," commented Dodds.

    "These 3,000 online training places will provide people with the opportunity to upskill and reskill, enabling them to pursue a career in what are growing local sectors."

    The courses will be delivered online, except where there is a technical aspect which requires face-to-face learning.

    The Minister added: "Developing the skills of our people right across Northern Ireland is a key priority for me as we begin the process of rebuilding our economy.

    "This investment builds on my previous announcement in June of £1.7million for online training places and I am determined to keep skills at the centre of our long term strategic plans.

    "Courses will be available from both further and higher education institutions and I urge anyone who is eligible to access this free training."

    More details of the courses available and how to access them can be found here.

    Source: written based on press release

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