The Apprenticeships programme offers training, across a wide range of apprenticeships, to people aged 16 and over. Terms and conditions apply if you are 25 years and over.

As an apprentice you will be a new or existing employee, in a Northern Ireland-based company, working with experienced staff to learn and develop your skills.

An apprentice also receives ‘off-the-job’ training, usually on a day-release basis with a training provider, to work towards achieving vocational qualifications and Essential Skills qualifications (reading, writing, maths and computers).

Your training provider will meet with you and your employer to discuss your training needs and will then develop a training programme for you. They will be with you every step of the way throughout your apprenticeship to support you and make sure you are making progress.

Usually you are with the employer four days a week and with the training provider one day a week. Your employer will pay you for your time spent with the training provider.

You may need to meet other eligibility considerations, for example you may not be eligible if you’re a non-EU national, a public sector worker or already have a recognised vocational qualification.

If you’re 25 years and over, there are restrictions on the type of apprenticeship with funding available.

The benefits of an apprenticeship

There are many benefits for you and your employer when you take part in an apprenticeship:

  • you earn while you learn
  • you work alongside experienced staff
  • you receive off-the-job training specific to your apprenticeship
  • you gain qualifications

How much you get paid

Your employer will pay you just as they would any other employee. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum amount that workers in the UK are entitled to be paid.

Conor is one of our IT Apprentice`s and also won the Springvale Apprentice of the Year 2022