As part of Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week 2020 (3 to 7 February), post-primary schools have been invited to attend Apprenticeship Information Sessions at Farm Lodge (Ballymena) and Newtownabbey campus on Wednesday 5 February from 10am to 12noon where they will be provided an insight into three traditional apprenticeship areas.  Each session will include a summary on all you need to know about apprenticeships from an employer and College prospective highlighting why apprenticeships are officially on the rise over traditional career paths followed by a short demonstration.There is also an opportunity for female pupils to attend a separate female only Engineering information session where female role models both from within the College and industry will share their journey and experiences identifying how they have successfully achieved senior roles within a traditional male-dominated industry.  For further information contact:

'Discover Fresh Thinking and Talent' - Join us for breakfast and find out how apprenticeships can bring fresh talent and value to your workplace on Thursday 6 February at 8.00pm in the Braid, Ballymena.  Register today.

Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning is the term that is used to refer to courses, such as 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 Apprenticeship programmes below:

Beauty Therapy
Carpentry & Joinery
Catering and Professional Chefs (Galgorm)
Civil Engineering
Electrical Installation
Food and Beverage Service
Motor Vehicle

Accountancy - Higher Level Apprenticeship
Computing - Higher Level Apprenticeship
Construction - 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. 

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

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