DfE Funding supports NI companies to upskill

April 27, 2021

Skills Focus funding is available to NI based companies only who employ 250 people or less and are not a registered charity or community group


South Eastern Regional College (SERC) plumbing, electrical and heating courses can be funded by the Department for the Economy (DfE) Skills Focus Programme (Skills Focus funding), available to NI based companies only who employ 250 people or less and are not a registered charity or community group.

CourseEligible for full funding from DfE (to 31/3/22)Full Cost
OFTEC (new operatives) 101, 105e, 600aYes FREE£400
OFTEC (Renewal Only) 101,105e, 600aNo£290
Domestic Gas Managed Learning ProgrammeYes - FREE£800
Commercial GasNo£750
Domestic GasNo£650
LPGNo£288
Gas AppliancesNo£210
Unvented Hot WaterNo£145
Water Safety in Health CareNo£150
LegionellaNo£150
Air Source Heat PumpsYes - FREE£650
Solar PV photovoltaicYes - FREE-----
Electrical Vehicle ChargingYes - FREE-----
Electrical Battery Storagetbc 
Solid Fuel OFTECNo£240
Anaerobic DigestionYes - FREE----
Gas AuditingYes - FREE£280
Water regulationsNo£145
Plumbing NVQ Level 3 – experienced worker route (eligibility and professional interview required)Yes - FREE£4688
City and Guilds Professional Recognition Awards Level 4/5/6/7 – designed for employees who do not hold relevant level qualifications that reflect the level of their current job roleYes - FREE£795

The courses above currently run from either the Newtownards or Nutts Corner Professional Skills Centres and are subject to minimum numbers and maximum capacity.

If an organisation requires staff upskilling and can meet the minimum required numbers, SERC can be flexible with time and location and look to find dates that suit the organisation this may include night classes and Saturdays.

Innovate US Free one on one Mentoring

Innovate US funding is available to NI based companies only employing 50 people or less and are not a registered charity or community group.

The focus of the programme is to enable small businesses, to get the skills to engage in innovation activities across the business. It also aims to promote progression in this area and enable businesses to undertake additional and further forms of innovation, which will contribute to their growth and development.

Up to 60 hours of mentoring to businesses can be offered. Examples of projects already undertaken are including Flue Gas Analysis, Advanced Boiler Servicing and S/Y Plan diagrams. However, if you have an idea of support that you feel would be beneficial to your business you can discuss your idea with one of the Training and Innovation Consultants who can support you through the project.

If you would like more information on any of the above or have any questions you can contact Business Development Manager Kelly Donnelly on 078 6614 6618 or kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk.

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