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.


Apprentices are employed as full-time members of staff and typically work for an employer three to four days a week. One or two days 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 
Catering and Professional Chefs - Apprenticeship (Galgorm)
Civil Engineering – Apprenticeship 
Creative & Digital Media – Apprenticeship
Electrical Engineering – Training/Apprenticeship 
Engineering – Training/Apprenticeship 
Food and Beverage Service - Apprenticeship (Galgorm)
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.  We have just teamed up to offer paid apprenticeships in hospitality with Galgorm Resort and Spa.  Read full story. 
Below are current apprenticeship opportunities available. Contact us directly to find out more.

Vocational Area Company Name Location
Brickwork M J McBride Ballymena
Catering Galgorm Resort & Spa Ballymena
Civil Engineering Moore Concrete Ballymena
Electrical Installation AA Electrics Broughshane
Electrical Installation Harvey Group Newtownabbey
Electrical Installation SA Wolfenden Randalstown
Electrical Installation P&L Electrics Limavady
Electrical Installation Pneutrol Antrim
Electrical Installation MDF Electrical Ltd Ballymoney
Electrical Installation Beckett Electrical Ballyclare
Electrical Installation JJ Loughran Ltd Cookstown
Electrical Installation BK Electrical Portglenone
Electrical Installation Galaxy Facilities Management Omagh
Electrical Installation KA Electrical Services Ballymena
Electrical Installation Shane Woulahan Electrical (SWE) Cargan
Electrical Installation Derek Burnside Ballymena
Electrical Installation Alexander Bonar & Co Ballymena
Electrical Installation Gortgfad Electrical Garvagh
Electrical Installation Nevin Electrics Ltd Macosquin
Electrical Installation TES Cookstown
Electrical Installation JBE Ballymena
Electrical Installation Enisca Cookstown
Engineering Shaw Automation Ballymena
Engineering Holland Brothers Engineering Randalstown
Engineering  Old Bushmills Distillery Bushmills
Engineering Schrader Sensata Antrim
Engineering GES Group Ballymena
Engineering Genesis McErlains Bakery Magherafelt
Engineering Linergy Ltd Dungannon
Fabrication & Welding SDC Trailers Randalstown
Fabrication & Welding Ian Miller Fab Kilrea
Hairdressing  The Upper Cut Broughshane
Heavy Vehicle Mercedes Benz Truck & Van (NI) Ltd Newtownabbey
Heavy Vehicle WaC McCandless Belfast
Heavy Vehicle McBurney Transport Ballymena
Joinery Creagh Concrete Toomebridge
Joinery John J Higgins Magherafelt
Joinery Samuel Fry Randalstown
Joinery Bench Moore Concrete Ballymena
Machine Shop Milling Blaney Allison  
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Dowds Group Ballymoney
Mechanical Engineering TST Transport Cloughmills
Motor Vehicle/Heavy TST Transport Cloughmills
Plumbing MEM Plumbing Aghadowey
Plumbing Ballywillan P&H Macosquin
Plumbing F&S Plumbing Ltd Bellaghy

For further information please contact:
Sean McAleese, Training Manager
028 2566 4266 or 07554 118467