Apprenticeships & Work-Based Learning
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
- 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
- Apprenticeships are funded by the government through the Apprenticeships NI scheme
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.
Work-based learning is similar to apprenticeships in that students spend most of their time with an employer – 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
For further information please contact:
Sean McAleese, Training Manager
028 2566 4288 or 07554 11 8467