Apprenticeships / Training

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

Apprentices are employed as full-time members of staff and typically work for an employer three 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.

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