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DELNI is the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland. Its remit to promote learning and skills, to prepare people for work and to support the economy, and more specifically to fund universities and colleges.

Its web site is

For similar initiatives in the United Kingdom see Higher Education Funding Council.

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To promote learning and skills, to prepare people for work and to support the economy.


To promote economic, social and personal development through high quality learning, research and skills training; and

To help people into employment and promote good employment practices.


The Department’s two main customer groups are:

  • Individuals who are seeking to improve their levels of skills and qualifications or who require support and guidance to progress towards employment, including self-employment; and
  • Businesses in both the public and private sectors.

Four key areas of activity

  1. Enhancing the provision of learning and skills, including entrepreneurship, enterprise, management and leadership.
  2. Increasing the level of research and development, creativity and innovation in the Northern Ireland economy;
  3. Helping individuals to acquire jobs, including self employment, and improving the linkages between employment programmes and skills development; and
  4. The development and maintenance of the framework of employment rights and responsibilities.


The values of equity, efficiency and effectiveness underpin the Department’s delivery of the commitments in its corporate plan. The Department will focus on its key priorities, will seek to provide a first class service to its customers in an impartial way, will strive to improve continually as an organisation and will motivate, develop and value its staff.

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