Apprenticeships & Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning is the term that is used to refer to courses, such as Training for Success and Apprenticeships, that provide you with real-life work experiences whilst applying academic and technical skills to enhance your employment opportunities.

Training for Success

Training for Success is similar to apprenticeships in that trainees spend most of their time with an employer – work placement, typically three days per week. The rest of the week is spent at college working towards qualifications.

However, unlike apprenticeships, those doing work-based learning are not paid by the employer providing their work placement. Instead, they receive travel expenses and a weekly Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £40 which is not means-tested and bonus payments of up to £360 over two years.

Northern Regional College helps participants find their work placement. The college secures placements for around 98% of students. The scheme is government-funded and is known as Training for Success (TfS).

Details and Restrictions

Those on the scheme must be 16 or 17-years-old
Young people with a disability are eligible up to 22-years-old and those from an in-care background up to 24-years-old

Apprenticeships

Apprentices are employed as full-time members of staff and typically work for an employer four days a week. One day a week is spent at college, studying for nationally-recognised qualifications in the same profession as the apprenticeship.

  • Apprentices must find their employer
  • Some employers may require GCSEs on entry
  • It might be possible to do an apprenticeship with a current employer
  • Apprentices work all year round, but their college classes run from September to July
  • Employers pay for the day the apprentice is in college, meaning they receive a full-time wage in accordance with the national minimum wage

Details and restrictions

  • Apprentices must be aged 16 or above. Restrictions apply for those over 25.
  • Employers must be based in Northern Ireland
  • ApprenticeshipsNI 2017 is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department for the Economy (DfE)

Around 600 apprentices train with Northern Regional College every year and we’re expanding to include a broader range of professions. Apprenticeships are a popular way to learn skills, get qualifications and kick start a career.


Browse our Training for Success and Apprenticeship programmes below:

Barbering – Training/Apprenticeship 
Beauty Therapy – Training/Apprenticeship
Brickwork – Training/Apprenticeship
Carpentry & Joinery – Training/Apprenticeship
Catering and Professional Chefs – Training/Apprenticeship
Civil Engineering – Apprenticeship
Creative & Digital Media – Apprenticeship   
Electrical Engineering – Training/Apprenticeship
Engineering – Training/Apprenticeship
Hairdressing – Training/Apprenticeship
Health and Social Care – Training/Apprenticeship
IT Users – Training
Motor Vehicle – Training/Apprenticeship
Plastering – Training/Apprenticeship
Plumbing – Training/Apprenticeship 

Accountancy - Higher Level Apprenticeship
Computing - Higher Level Apprenticeship
Engineering - Higher Level Apprenticeship


Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and organisations.  Below are current apprenticeship opportunities available. Contact us directly to find out more.

http://www.economy-ni.gov.uk

For further information please contact:
Sean McAleese, Training Manager
028 2566 4266 or 07554 11 8467
sean.mcaleese@nrc.ac.uk