Welcome to Department for Employment and Learning

The Department for Employment and Learning website

The functions and services delivered by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) have been transferred to new departments. The links below will guide you to information on the new websites: Department for the Economy (DfE) and Department for Communities (DfC).


Our responsibilities

Finding employment

Advice on training and support available for jobseekers either in person through Jobs and Benefits offices/JobCentres, Careers Resource Centres or online through nidirect. Support for people with disabilities is available from the Disability Employment service

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Finding staff

If you want to recruit the right employees for your company the Department’s Employment Service can help

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Employment and skills programmes

Advice for jobseekers and employers on employment and recruitment programmes that aim to deliver a skilled workforce to meet the needs of the Northern Ireland economy

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Employment rights

Free and confidential help with employment rights is available from Labour Relations Agency for employers and employees. The Department provides online guidance on employment rights on nidirect for employees and nibusinessinfo for employers

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European funding

Advice on the European Social Fund (ESF) programme 2014-2020 in Northern Ireland. The Department is the managing authority for ESF in Northern Ireland and provides advice on all aspects of the Programme including how to apply, ESF guidance and support for successful projects.   

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Higher education

Information and advice on higher education including policy and strategy, finance governance, student finance and research policy.

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Further education

Advice on all aspects of further education including policy, courses, how to apply and financial support available

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DEL statistics and research

Research and statistical publications on the labour market information and training and employmentment programme statistics are available on communities-ni.gov.uk all other DEL statistics and research publications have transferred to economy-ni.gov.uk