Civil Service Skills Academy 2022 Application Form

Closed 27 Jul 2022

Opened 21 Jul 2022


The Civil Service Skills Academy is supported by the Northern Ireland Civil Service and is delivered in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College.

The Academy is a great way to acquire transferable and needed skills to upskill or reskill before returning to the workforce or changing career. It will provide you with foundational and lifelong skills.

There is an option for full-time or part-time training to best suit a range of circumstances. You will receive a weekly training allowance and you may also be eligible for travel and childcare allowances.

There are separate academies and curriculums depending on your prior experience, one is targeted at preparing you for a Staff Officer (SO) level role and the other for a Deputy Principal (DP) level role in the Civil Service.  If you complete the Academy you will be guaranteed an interview for either the Staff Officer or Deputy Principal role at the Department for the Economy (DfE) / The Executive Office (TEO), depending on which curriculum you have applied for and completed.

Please note: There are two stages to the selection process to attend the Academy and candidates will have to achieve a minimum score in the online assessment and of those passing the assessment, the top performing candidates from each cohort will progress to the sift stage. At the sift stage an assessment of the evidence provided in your application form against the relevant eligibility criteria will take place with those who meet the eligibility criteria being in a position to progress. Following this, should you be selected for the Academy, successful completion of the Academy is not a guarantee of a job, you must also be successful at the recruitment interview stage. More information including about the different roles and the two Departments can be found in the Candidate Information Booklet here.

Applications for the Civil Service Skills Academy are open with 80 training places available in total. There are 20 places available for each of the different academy cohorts.

The Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Applications from Protestants, young people (people under the age of 35), people with a disability and people from minority ethnic communities are particularly welcomed for this post.

All applications for employment are considered strictly on the basis of merit.

Academy training

Candidates selected to join the programme will learn and develop skills and knowledge across project management, leadership, communication, policy development, commercial skills and financial skills.

Full-time training will be delivered through a six-week campus-based course. You will be expected to be on campus every Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

Part-time training will be delivered through a twelve-week course with a mixture of online and campus attendance on weekday evenings and on Saturdays. Online delivery will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays between 6pm and 9.30pm. You will be expected to attend training on campus on Saturdays between 9am and 5pm. 

On campus training will be at Belfast Metropolitan College (E3 Campus).

If you are selected, training will take place as follows:

Academy Cohort

Start training date

Finish training date

Number of places

Staff Officer - full-time training




Staff Officer - part-time training




Deputy Principal - full-time training




Deputy Principal - part-time training




Applicants should be available for the entire duration of the training period. If you have any pre-scheduled commitments during the Academy training period, please indicate this on your application form. Applicants need to be able to commit to the training as outlined above.

Completion of the Academy

Upon successful completion of the Academy, you will be invited to an interview at DfE / TEO for your selected role (Staff Officer or Deputy Principal). The interview will take place soon after successfully completing the Academy training. If successful at the interview stage your start date in employment will be confirmed once an offer is made.


  • Government Department
  • DfE Staff
  • TEO Staff
  • Academy Participants


  • Employment