Apprenticeships


An Apprenticeship is a 'job' from day one which includes a combination of on and off-the-job training. 
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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.

Who?

Level 2/3 Apprentices must be the minimum school leaving age in Northern Ireland (16 years), employed or be about to take up paid employment in Northern Ireland, working a minimum of 21 hours per week on a permanent contract and meet all the entry requirements of your chosen apprenticeship (for example some apprenticeships will require you to have GCSEs).

Level 4/5 Higher Level Apprentices must be 18 years or over, employed or be about to take up paid employment as an apprentice with a Northern Ireland based company, working a minimum of 21 hours per week (which includes time for ‘off-the-job’ training) and meet the entry requirements of your chosen occupation.

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What?

As an apprentice or higher level 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. Level 2/3 apprentices will undertake Essential Skills qualifications in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT if applicable.

Why?

Earn while you learn, work alongside experienced staff, receive off-the-job training specific to your apprenticeship, gain accredited qualifications and fantastic career opportunities without course fees or hefty student loans.

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How?

Ensure you meet the entry criteria and have an Employer who is supportive of the Apprenticeships programme. Please speak to a member of our Training Organisation team who will provide further advice and guidance.

You can contact us at:

  • Downpatrick Campus 028 4461 1517
  • Lisburn Campus - ###
  • Bangor / Newtownards Campus 028 9127 6827

Once you have decided upon your course of study, you should seek an employer as early as possible, certainly before September.

Contact as many potential employers as possible by telephone, e-mail or in writing, making sure that you explain clearly why you are contacting them. You must also complete an on-line application on the college website for your chosen course.

If you are unemployed, we have some opportunities that may help with employment. We can offer support and guidance with employment and can provide leads to emerging opportunities. Please contact our Apprenticeship Development Managers at apprenticeships@serc.ac.uk.