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Building Better Business

Our Business Engagement Team has the pleasure of partnering with a wide range of businesses across many sectors.  We reguarly keep in touch with business to discuss their skills and training needs and then deliver qualifications and programmes to help them innovate and grow. 

Through our partnerships we continue to meet the general needs of many, but we would appreciate your input to develop a timetable offering training and qualifications which will help YOU specifically.

To enable our team to continue to deliver, we are asking you to contact us, tell us your needs and allow Northern Regional College to support you in achieving your goals.


The College has a range of business support programmes and facilities that can provide training, knowledge and support to develop innovative product ideas, improve competitiveness and help you grow your business.


The Department for the Economy has made upskilling and reskilling a priority in growing the Northern Ireland economy to meet its changing demands. Through the Skills Focus Programme, companies can receive up to 75% funding to support the cost of training.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Registered Business (does not include charity or community groups)
  • Based in Northern Ireland
  • Less than 250 employees
  • Need to develop staff at Level 2 and above in priority sectors

A Business Engagement Officer will discuss individual business training needs and complete a brief skills audit. This will determine the need for upskilling or reskilling staff and the benefits it will have to the future of the business. A tailored delivery plan will be created, implemented and delivered and will enable the company, and its employees, to introduce new skills to their workforce.

Priority Sectors include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Engineering
  • Agri-Food
  • Construction & Materials Handling
  • Digital & Creative Industries
  • Financial, Business & Professional Services
  • Life & Health Sciences
  • Tourism & Hospitality

Benefits to employers:

  • The opportunity to acquire accredited qualifications
  • Training is significantly subsidised to maximise your training budget
  • Training delivery is flexible (online, in house, at an NRC campus or through blended learning)
  • Completion results in a more productive, skilled workforce

Cheryl McNeill, Business Engagement Officer provides an overview of the Skills Focus programme.

Cheryl McNeill Skills Focus

Case Studies

Shauna from Tullglass Hotel

Skills Focus Abhainn Cruises

Watch this short video where Tim Griffin, Head of Abhainn Cruises further explains how the College, through Skills Focus funding, helped to support his family business through the difficult times during the pandemic.


Through the Department for the Economy’s InnovateUs programme, the College Business Engagement Team will enable you to increase your business capacity to innovate, by providing opportunities to acquire the skills necessary to engage in innovation and development activities. These will assist your business in bringing an idea to the market as a new product, service or process and to encourage your business to raise your innovation levels long term.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Registered Business including social enterprise (excludes charity or community groups)
  • Based in Northern Ireland
  • Less than 50 employees
  • Need to develop innovation best practice within the business

A Business Engagement Officer will discuss individual business needs and complete a brief skills audit. This will determine the duration of project, between 10-60 hours fully funded, and a unique, tailored plan will be created, implemented and delivered. This will enable company employees to innovate now and continue to innovate in the future as a consequence of training.

Example Skill Areas

  • Robotics/Automation
  • Software/AI Development
  • Product Development
  • Product Testing

Benefits to employers

  • Delivery is designed and developed to be tailored to your business
  • Training delivery is flexible (online, in house, at a College campus or via blended learning)
  • Increased innovation and growth within your business
  • Opportunity to develop innovation best practice to help both now and in the future

Case Studies

Case study: Bailey Architecture Case study: Brocraft Engineering Case study: Campsie Radiator Specialists
Case study: DA Forgie Case study: Glenshane Country Farm Case study: Articlave Daycare


Northern Regional College is a Knowledge Provider Partner with Invest NI in the delivery of the Innovation Voucher Programme. This programme could provide funding, of up to £5,000, to small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an expert from Northern Regional College, bringing new knowledge to help the business innovate, develop and grow.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Registered small to medium sized enterprise (excludes transport and primary agricultural sectors)
  • Based in Northern Ireland
  • Not in receipt of R&D Grant in past 5 years
  • Willing and able to pay VAT element applicable and project costs in excess of voucher value
  • A need for the funding for the project to proceed

Northern Regional College can provide application support, specialist guidance and, if successful, knowledge and expertise to help you tackle specific business issues.

Typical projects funded by Invest NI are:

  • Ideas for new or improved products, processes and services
  • Validation and testing of new/enhanced products/services
  • Access to specialist information and expertise on new materials
  • Tapping into research and scientific expertise

Invest NI

To review the programmes terms and conditions and FAQ’s please visit Invest NI.

For further information, please email business.engagement@nrc.ac.uk