NI Apprenticeship Week 2023

We are gearing up for Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week 2023 and you're invited!

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06 September 2022

NI Apprenticeship Week 2023

We are gearing up for Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week 2023 and you're invited!

Led by the Department for the Economy, the annual celebration raises the profile of apprenticeships across Northern Ireland and provides a platform for SERC to celebrate the college’s partnerships with employers in supporting the next generation of professionals.


Have a Go Sessions

At SERC, we are hosting a series of activities including ‘Have a Go’ Sessions, where there will be demonstrations to display a wide range of skills using the latest techniques and state-of-the-art technologies. The College’s Apprenticeship Development Managers will be on hand to answer any queries and guide you toward your future career.  So, if you have ever wanted to try your hand at mechanics, hairdressing, catering, plumbing, construction, electrics, or engineering and like the idea of earning money while you learn, plan to come along to the ‘have a go’ sessions.

There is no need to book, just come along.  Click the links for full details of subject areas covered:

Lisburn Campus 6 February 4.30-7pm

Bangor Campus 7 February 4.30-7pm

Newtownards Campus 8 February 4.30-7pm

Downpatrick Campus 9 February 4.30 - 7pm


An Apprenticeship is a job so you will be a new or existing employee starting a new position, in a Northern Ireland-based or UK National company, working with experienced staff to learn and develop your skills.

An apprenticeship can give you the training and qualifications you  need to help you get ahead in your chosen career. The Apprenticeship programmes offer training across a wide range of occupational areas, to people aged 16 and over.

Finding someone to employ you as an apprentice is really like finding any other job. You can, for example:

  • Search for apprenticeship opportunities
  • Contact employers or an apprenticeship training provider
  • Look for vacancies on employer or recruitment websites
  • Contact the Careers Service
  • Contact your local Jobs and Benefits office or search JobApplyNI


Are you ready to re-energise your business? If your answer is ‘Yes’ then consider employing an apprentice today! An apprentice can be a new or existing employee starting a new position. Take on an apprentice to discover fresh talent and thinking to meet your business needs and grow together.

  • Employing an apprentice is like recruiting any other employee.
  • An apprentice is in paid employment from day one. National Minimum Wage rates for apprentices apply however this rate differs for Higher Level Apprenticeships.
  • An apprenticeship usually takes between two and four years to complete depending on the type of apprenticeship.

During this time you will share your industry expertise and knowledge by providing mentoring and “on the job” training. Your apprentice will attend directed or “off the job” training (usually one day per week) to achieve the relevant industry qualifications and requirements which will be delivered by your chosen training provider.


Logos of NI Apprenticeship week, Department for the Economy and European Social Fund for NI

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