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ApprenticeshipsNI is a Northern Ireland apprenticeship programme. It offers apprenticeships at Level 2 and Level 3 in a diverse range of work areas. If you are interested and meet the entry requirements, which differ depending on your apprenticeship, you will firstly need to find an employer to take you on as an apprentice.

How it works

You must be employed on a permanent contract with a Northern Ireland based company to work a minimum of 21 hours which includes time for 'off-the-job' training i.e. time spent with a Training Supplier. As an apprentice, you can expect to be treated as any other employee and receive quality training in your workplace and also while on your 'off-the-job' training. You will work alongside experienced staff to learn the trade and achieve your Vocational Qualifications.

Apprenticeships usually take between two to four years to complete depending on the level of study. A Personal Training Plan is discussed and agreed between you, your employer and a partnered Training Supplier at the beginning of your apprenticeship.

Training Suppliers are contracted by the Department for Employment and Learning to deliver the 'off-the-job' training for the regulated qualifications and their assessment. Specialist Support Services can be made available to apprentices requiring additional support for example to those with a disability or with personal, social and/or learning needs. To find out more and view a full list of Training Suppliers visit  

Apprenticeships NI

There are over 100 different apprenticeships to choose from and each has a structure (or framework as it is known) to follow. These are designed by Sector Skills Councils and Industry Representative Bodies to ensure that training is always relevant and tailored to the needs of the industry sector.

There are not only apprenticeships available in the traditional trades that you may think of, e.g. Hairdressing, Plumbing or Bricklaying but also in areas such as: Advising on financial products and Information Technology. To view the full list of frameworks available check out the ApprenticeshipsNI website at:  

How much you are paid is agreed between you and your employer, however minimum wage rates apply. For those aged under 25 years the Department for Employment and Learning undertakes to pay the full costs of the 'off-thejob' training included in the ApprenticeshipsNI framework for the duration of the apprenticeship and contribute 50% of funding for those aged 25 years and over.


You will be trained to a quality standard in your chosen occupational area in your employer's business. An apprenticeship allows you the opportunity to develop specialist skills, using new technology, giving you the chance to learn and gain qualifications that are recognised worldwide. You will earn while you learn; an added benefit in today's economic climate.

For more information

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