What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a 'job' from day one which includes a combination of on and off-the-job training.
Once you have decided upon your course of study, you should look for a placement provider. You must also complete an on-line application on the college website for your chosen course.View All Apprenticeships
Benefits of Apprenticeships
- Earn while you learn You will receive at least the Apprenticeship Rate (L2/3) or Minimum Wage (HLA) for the duration of your studies including college day!
- Experienced Mentor Work with and learn from professionals with years of experience in your chosen industry
- Just 1 day per week in College Complete your HLA (Foundation Degree or Diploma) or Level 2/3 Apprenticeship with just 1 day or evening per week in College (2 days per week where essential skills are required)
- Higher Education with no fees For higher-level apprentices, your Higher Education course will be fully- funded by Department for the Economy
- Fantastic career opportunities You have a job from day one which opens up many opportunities for progression/promotion within your company
We also offer a range of Work-Based Apprenticeships at Level 2 and 3. These unique apprenticeship courses offer learners an opportunity to study without coming to college 1 day per week.
We have qualified Trainer Assessors who will deliver these programmes within your workplace on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Your employer will also support you in achieving your qualification.
As part of your Work-Based Apprenticeship, you will also be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy, and ICT if you do not have a GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Maths or ICT/IT. These will also be delivered in your workplace with our Essential Skills Trainer Assessor.
Mary Whittley – Senior Training Consultant
Browse our range of Work-Based Apprenticeships here:
Apprenticeships Frequently Asked Questions
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.
To take part in the apprenticeships programme you need to:
- have reached the minimum school leaving age in Northern Ireland (16 years)
- be employed or be about to take up paid employment in Northern Ireland
- be working a minimum of 21 hours per week on a permanent contract
- meet all the entry requirements of your chosen apprenticeship (for example some apprenticeships will require you to have GCSEs)
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.
- Contact employers directly by email, telephone or call in with your CV
- Look for vacancies online (employer websites or job search website such as Job Centre Online
- Have you previously done a school work placement? Contact them if aligned with your chosen industry
- Contact SERC’s career service for free advice, CV support and interview skills at email@example.com
- Earn while you learn
You will receive at least the Apprenticeship Rate (Levels 2/3) or Minimum Wage (HLA) for the duration of your studies including College Day!
- Experienced Mentor
Work with and learn from professionals with years of experience in your chosen industry
- Just 1 day per week in College
2/3 Apprenticeship with just 1 day or evening per week in College (2 days per week where essential skills are required)
- Training Support Officer
You will have a dedicated Training Support Officer to turn to for support and guidance throughout your course. They will also complete regular reviews with your employer to monitor progress.
- Fantastic career opportunities
You have a job from day one which opens many opportunities for progression/promotion within your company