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Department for Employment and Learning


Antrim’s Lauren Gourley and Omagh’s Emmet Lagan have won the Apprentice of the Year and Higher Level Apprentice of the Y ... more
13 April 2016
The All Ireland Scholarships Scheme for students in Northern Ireland is now open for applications.... more
29 March 2016
Farry appoints new governing body member for North West Regional College... more

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 employment and training programmes, the labour market and further and higher education

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Our documents

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Employment and Learning including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

The Minister

Department for Employment and Learning

Minister Farry has been an MLA for North Down since 2007. He served as Alliance Party general secretary from 2000-2007. He has been Minister for the Department for Employment and Learning since May 2011


Management and structure

The Department is headed by the Permanent Secretary, Derek Baker, who is the Accounting Officer with responsibility for providing advice and guidance to the Minister for Employment and Learning ...more

Contact us

Department for Employment and Learning
Adelaide House
39-49 Adelaide Street
Telephone: 028 9025 7777
Email: info@delni.gov.uk