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Ignite Your Skills

Take your career to the next level with Ignite Your Skills.

Are you over 40 and looking for a new career challenge or to boost your skills, knowledge, and employment prospects?

Ignite Your Skills is an exciting new flexible and free skills programme offering three pathways to help you achieve your career goals.

Whether you want to:

  • Update your skills
  • Return to work after a break in employment, or
  • Gain formal recognition for all of your experience to date, Ignite Your Skills has a pathway for you subject to eligibility

Apply Today - Email: business.engagement@nrc.ac.uk

Your journey with Ignite Your Skills will begin with a friendly personalised career skills assessment. You’ll then be guided towards one of the exciting pathways below that is best suited to your career goals:


Update your skills and qualifications to reflect advancements in technology or the sector you work in. You can be confident your skills are relevant and you can build your career with confidence. You can either be employed or unemployed for this pathway but if unemployed you should be job-ready and actively seeking work. You’ll receive:

  • An individual skills assessment
  • Guidance to the right courses or professional development for you
  • Personalised Mentoring/Support


Re-enter the workforce again after a break and enjoy gaining new skills and qualifications, all while receiving tailored support and mentoring. With Return, you’ll receive:

  • An individual skills assessment
  • A one-to-one with an experienced advisor
  • Three sessions to help with personalising your CV, Interview Skills and Completing Application forms/Skills
  • Guidance on the right courses and training for you
  • Mentoring/support
  • The option to take part in five days of work experience (with no loss of benefits and a daily incentive of between £10 and £50).


This is the strand for you if you have no or little formal qualifications but have a wealth of practical and professional skills gained while in employment. Showcase your value with the Recognise strand and receive formal recognition for the application of all your professional skills, knowledge, and experience to date. You’ll receive:

  • An individual skills assessment
  • Receive guidance on getting your experience formally recognised


Ignite Your Skills is open to everyone who meets the following criteria:

  • Is 40 years of age or over
  • Eligible to work in Northern Ireland
  • ‘Settled’ in Northern Ireland and has been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years; or
  • Is a person who has indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK

Find out more about our other Funded Programme: Step UP.

Step Up supporting you into learning or into employment.