Getting an apprentice started

You may already have a potential apprentice in mind or on your workforce. If not there are various methods of finding one.

Finding an apprentice

If you don't have a potential apprentice but would like to employ one, it is really like recruiting any other employee. For example you can:

Advertise apprenticeship opportunities online

Connect to Success NI is a free online resource developed by the Department for the Economy that enables employers to promote and advertise apprenticeship and school work experience opportunities.

You have your apprentice, what next?

Once you have identified your apprentice and they have agreed to take part in one of the Apprenticeship programmes, simply contact an ApprenticeshipsNI/Higher Level Apprenticeships training contractor who has been approved to deliver the relevant apprenticeships training in your area.

The training contractor will meet with you and your apprentice to discuss their training needs and will then develop a personal training programme. They will register your apprentice on the programme and ensure they are registered for any qualifications required as part of their framework. They will be with your apprentice every step of the way throughout the apprenticeship to support them and ensure they are making progress.

A useful search facility is available on the Department for the Economy (DfE) website to find a suitable training contractor in your local area to deliver Level 2 and Level 3 ApprenticeshipsNI training:

A list of training contractors for Higher Level Apprenticeships is also available on the nidirect website:

Is additional support needed?

If additional support is needed for your apprentice during their time on the programme, for example if they have a disability, your training contractor will organise this for you with one of the specially trained Disability Support Services (DSS) contractors approved by DfE. A list of the current DSS contractors is available on the following page:

Other options

If Apprenticeships are not suitable for your business, why not check out some other employment and training programmes, such as:

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