Apprenticeship NI provides the opportunity to participate in a Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeship. There is no upper age limit for participation in the
programme, however all participants must be in employment from day one.
Apprenticeships NI is a Northern Ireland Government funded, work-based training programme, designed by Sector Skills Councils (SSCs)/Standard Setting
Bodies (SSBs) to meet the needs of local employer. Business representatives from the relevant industry sector work with the SSCs/SSBs to develop the training
content within each occupational area.
ApprenticeshipsNI (Level 2 & 3)
An apprenticeship could work for you whatever career you’re in or whatever stage in life you’re at! In fact there are all types of apprenticeships for all
kinds of people all giving you real qualifications, real skills and a real wage!
ApprenticeshipsNI is a Northern Ireland Apprenticeship programme, with no upper age limit, and a across our six Regional Colleges there is a wide variety
of Apprenticeships in many occupational areas to choose from. If you are interested in following an Apprenticeship and you meet the entry requirements (these
differ depending on the occupational area) you will need to find an employer to take you on as an apprentice.
Apprentices – because money matters
As an employee you earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain your apprenticeship. Your local College will work in partnership with the
employer to provide the off-the-job training through a day-release system.
Do you meet the criteria?
- Are you employed in Northern Ireland?
- Have you attained the minimum school leaving age?
- Are you about to take up or be in paid employment?
- Will you be working a minimum of 21 hours per week?
- Do you meet all the entry requirements of your chosen occupational area?
If you're an employer - Your business could be: more productive - more effective - more competitive. You will know apprenticeships are by no means a new
concept. They have been around for many years and have proven to be a preferred and most beneficial method for employers to train their workforce. You can
now train both new and existing employees who meet the entry criteria and there is no upper age limit.
An Apprentice working for an employer will earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain their Apprenticeship, while attending a local College
on a day-release system. Training can take between two and four years to complete depending on the level, your apprentice's ability and the industry sector.
The benefits are significant not just for an apprentice but also for an employer and they are not just in the expected areas of e.g. production. Employer
incentives are available from £500 to £1,500 - the level depending on the occupational area and once the apprentice has achieved the full framework.