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 academies below are open for applications.

Technology Services Academy


A training opportunity is now available for graduates interested in working in the insurance industry.

The five-week Alchemy Technology Services Academy will give you the technology skills and qualifications in demand in the insurance industry and help you bridge the gap between university and work.

The core modules you'll study will depend on your specific role but may include:

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


Previous experience is not needed.


You must have at least a HND in an IT-related discipline.


  • a good academic result from a third level institution - such as a BSc in Computer Science, or a degree in a Business / Finance discipline with technology included
  • any European language skills
  • experience in Java, .Net, C# or C++ and an awareness of Object-Oriented Design principles

Applying to the academy

Learn more and apply online at Alchemy Academy by 12.00 pm  on 23 January.

Welding academies

If you're interested in becoming a welder, pre-employment training opportunities are now available in Southern Regional College and North West regional college.

The academies include a five-week training course, followed by two weeks' placement in a company.  

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

Southern Regional College

Training will take place in Southern Regional College, Portadown.

There are job opportunities with:

  • Walter Watson Ltd, Castlewellan
  • Annard Ltd, Loughgall

North West Regional College

Training will take place in North West Regional College, Limavady.

Job opportunities are available with:

  • GES Ltd, Londonderry
  • MIM-NI Ltd, Maydown
  • MS Engineering, Limavady
  • Roe Engineering Ltd, Coleraine
  • McCauley Trailers Ltd, Toomebridge
  • Crossland Tankers Ltd, Maghera

Applying to a welding academy

You must be over 18 to apply. 

Apply online at the relevant link below:

Software Testers Academy

Training opportunities are now available to gain industry-recognised skills and experience needed to work in software testing.

The Academy includes a ten-week intensive training course in Belfast Metropolitan College - e3 Springfield Road Campus, followed by a four week placement in one of the following companies:

  • Applied Systems
  • Aurion Learning
  • Bazaarvoice
  • Core
  • First Derivatives Plc
  • Fluent Technology
  • Made to Engage
  • SpotX
  • TheAppBuilder

Applying for the Software Testers Academy

You must be over 18 and have a 2:2 degree in any discipline or a HND in an IT related subject to apply.

The selection process will include an online aptitude test and an interview. 

Apply online at Software Testers Academy by 4.00 pm on 1 February.

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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