Business Funding

Funding for Business

Skills Focus Programme

The Skills Focus Programme is now covering 100% of the cost of delivery of certified bespoke training for your business.

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Employer Support Programme

£3000 towards innovation activity or bespoke training for your business needs Businesses can be “clustered” together to access this training, so we can accommodate your local needs. This fund will only be available up to the middle of February.


Nicola Quinn Tel: 028 8225 5223

InnovateUs and Skills Focus, strands of the Employer Support Programme, are skills development programmes funded by the Department for Employment and Learning and delivered across Northern Ireland by the six further education (FE) colleges. InnovateUs aims to encourage and promote opportunities for businesses and FE colleges to work together. In particular, the focus of the programme is to enable small businesses, with fewer than 50 employees, to acquire the skills necessary to engage in innovation activities and research and development. By gaining these skills, small businesses can then exploit innovative opportunities or undertake additional forms of innovation, which will contribute to growth and development while also being provided with the opportunity to gain accredited qualifications to underpin these skills. Skills Focus aims to support, promote and facilitate collaborative working between business and FE colleges in order to provide tailored skills provision to small to medium sized enterprises with less than 250 employees.

The purpose of Skills Focus is to meet business needs by increasing the skills levels of the existing workforce to level 2 and above qualifications.

How it works

As the Employer Support Programme is delivered through the FE colleges, a college representative will initially meet with your company to:

  • Establish what innovation activity or training activity your business wishes to undertake

  • Develop and deliver a bespoke training solution to address your identified skills deficit. The Employer Support Programme has been designed with the needs of the small to medium sized business in mind and as such offers a flexible training solution in terms of times, class size and also the location of delivery, which can take place within your workplace or at the college.

Who can apply?

InnovateUs – Employers and businesses with less than 50 employees based in Northern Ireland.
Skills Focus – Employers and businesses with less than 250 employees based in Northern Ireland.

How do I apply?

Contact Nicola Quinn Tel: 028 8225 5223