Apprenticeships: delivering work-based training and qualifications to employees

Are you an employer who wants to take on an apprentice or improve the skills of your employees to help your business work better? Apprenticeships could be for you.

Apprenticeships explained for employers

Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland is a work-based programme designed around the needs of employers. It will offer recognised training and qualifications to new and existing employees aged 16 and over, across a wide range of apprenticeships at Level 2 and Level 3. Funding will be available from September 2017. Terms and conditions apply if the apprentice is 25 years and over. Apprenticeships 25+ Frameworks on the nidirect website. Framework provision is subject to confirmation.

Opportunities are also available through the Higher Level Apprenticeships pilot project for new employees or existing employees in a new job role wishing to gain qualifications from Level 4 to Level 8.

Apprenticeships qualifications explained

An apprenticeship can give your employee the training and qualifications they need to get ahead and meet your business needs. The qualifications for Level 2 and Level 3 are set out in a framework. They have been devised by industry bodies together with the Sector Skills Council and are therefore tailored to ensure they meet the needs of your industry. Framework provision is subject to confirmation.

Funding for Apprenticeships training costs are provided by the Department for the Economy (DfE) and an incentive payment is available for employers whose employees successfully complete the Apprenticeships programme at Level 2 and Level 3. Higher Level Apprenticeship pilots do not currently offer a financial incentive for employers however the other non-financial incentives for employing an apprentice apply.

Higher Level Apprenticeship pilots do not currently offer a financial incentive for employers however the other non-financial incentives for employing an apprentice apply.

Benefits to me and my business

Apprenticeships can help all types of businesses across a wide range of sectors harness fresh new talent. They can help equip your workforce with the practical skills and qualifications that your organisation needs now and in the future and you will enjoy the benefits of having a loyal and motivated workforce that you have trained to meet your own specific business requirements. Many employers have reported that by employing apprentices they have realised a growth and improvement in productivity in their businesses. There is also a real sense of contributing to the skills need of the NI economy.

What local companies say about Apprenticeships

Many Northern Ireland companies have successfully trained their apprentices through the Apprenticeships programme and their businesses have reaped the benefits. What local companies say about Apprenticeships.

Getting an apprentice started on an Apprenticeship

You may have a potential apprentice on your workforce; if not and you want to employ one, it is really like finding any other employee.

Recruitment to the ApprenticeshipsNI programme will commence on 4 September 2017. It is anticipated that this is the date that the Apprentice can start on the programme. An employer is free to recruit an Apprentice in advance of that date, however the 'off –the-job' training element cannot commence until after this date.