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At Northern Regional College we work closely with Department for the Economy, local councils and employers to deliver pre-employment training programmes to support and develop Northern Ireland’s economy.  

Assured Skills Academy - Welding Academy

If you’re interested in a career in the manufacturing sector, 12 training opportunities are available at the Welding Academy.

The Welding Academy is a seven week intensive training course (including the two weeks employer based training consolidation) which will prepare you for welding positions currently available in the engineering and manufacturing sector under the Assured Skills Programme.

Training will be delivered at our Ballymena Farm Lodge campus from January 2022.  Participating compaines include Maine Group, Garvagh/Magherafelt; McAuley Engineering, Ballymoney; McCauley Trailers, Toomebridge; SDC, Toomebridge; Terex, Ballymena and Wrightbus, Ballymena.


  • Guaranteed interview with a participating company if you successfully complete the course
  • Weekly training allowance - £155
  • Weekly travel expenses
  • Childcare allowance (if eligible)
  • Gain an industry recognised welding qualification

How to apply

For further information, eligibility criteria and to apply online visit NI Direct.  Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 10 December 2021.

Get ‘Work-Ready’ with the Manufacturing Excellence Academy 

In partnership with Mid and East Antrim Manufacturing Task force, we are offering a five-week fully funded manufacturing training programme starting in November 2021.  Funded by the Gallaher Trust, this programme is designed to re-invigorate the manufacturing sector in Ballymena and deliver pre-employment training to help people secure employment in the sector.

Taught by industry experts, participants will be introduced to a range of manufacturing processes, standard operating procedures, quality control and lean techniques and will have the opportunity to develop ‘softer skills’ such as communication, team working, interview skills and CV building to enhance their job prospects. 

Benefits for YOU

  • ‘Earn while you learn’ – £150 weekly training allowance
  • Guaranteed job interview with a local employer
  • College certificate
  • Links to further training programmes
  • Potential employment

Benefits for EMPLOYERS

  • Access to new pre-trained employees who fully understand the core principles required to succeed in today’s manufacturing sector
  • Links to Jobstart Scheme if new employees aged 18-24
  • Involvement in developing training at industry standards

Eligibility Criteria

Participants must be 18 years of age or over and live in the wider Ballymena area.

How to Apply

Submit an online application.   

For further information contact:

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Manufacturing Task Force