Assured Skills

Assured skills training programme

If you’re unemployed, under-employed, or want to change career, the assured skills pre-employment training programme can help you. Academy-style training will help you get a job by giving you the skills that expanding companies want.

How it works

The assured skills programme offers pre-employment training to give you the skills needed to compete for new employment opportunities as they arise.  

It works with global companies that have current job vacancies available and offers training specifically tailored to meet the skills needed for those jobs.

 If you successfully complete an assured skills academy training programme, you will be offered a job interview with the recruiting company. 

Current opportunities

The training academy below is open for applications.

Alchemy Technology Services Academy

Alchemy is a newly created European Centre of Excellence delivering digital transformation projects for the insurance industry.

A four-week training academy is now available to give you the skills and certifications needed to work in this area.

Applying to the academy

No previous experience is needed to apply for the academy but a good academic result in a business or IT-related discipline is desirable. Any European language skills would also be a plus.

Apply online at Alchemy Technology Services Academy before noon on Wednesday 26 September.


The training will include the following core modules:

  • introduction to Alchemy Technology Services
  • insurance foundations
  • consulting skills
  • object oriented programming
  • insurance software product training and certification
  • London Market certification


The Alchemy roles of Functional Analyst and Technical Analyst will require extensive travel in both the UK and Europe, as you will work on-site with Industry-leading clients gaining hands-on commercial experience. Typically, you will spend three/ four days a week on client sites and working from the Derry office when not travelling.

During the training programme you will be paid £150 training allowance per week plus travel expenses.

Welding academy

If you're interested in becoming a welder, you can now apply to take part in a welding academy in Ballymena.

The academy has a five-week training course in Northern Regional College, Ballymena followed by two weeks' placement in a company.  

There are job opportunities with Terex GB Ltd and McAuley Engineering Ltd.

Job offers will be available to people who:

  • successfully complete the training course
  • successfully complete the company placement
  • provide satisfactory employment references
  • pass the job interview

Applying to the welding academy

You must be over 18 to apply. 

Apply online at Welding Academy by 12 October.

Jobs secured through previous academies

Previous graduates who have taken part in academies have secured full-time jobs in diverse areas such as:

  • data analytics
  • human resources
  • financial services
  • legal services
  • export sales and marketing
  • software development
  • software testing
  • software engineering
  • cyber security
  • 2D animation
  • game development

​Your existing qualifications are important but, whatever your vocational area, the companies involved in the training programmes want employees with the drive and determination to succeed and a positive attitude to take on new challenges.

Training allowances

When you're in a training academy, you:

  • will receive a weekly training allowance of £150
  • will be reimbursed weekly travel expenses
  • may be eligible for child care allowance

Register your interest

To receive updates on new academy opportunities or to find out more about the assured skills training programme, contact the Department for the Economy – Employer Skills Branch.

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