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ApprenticeshipsNI: As an apprentice, you will be a new or existing employee, in a Northern Ireland-based company, working with experienced staff to learn and develop your skills. An apprentice also receives ‘off-the-job’ training, usually on a day-release basis with the College, to work towards achieving vocational qualifications and Essential Skills qualifications (reading, writing, maths and ICT).

Belfast Met will meet with you and your employer to discuss your training needs and will then develop a training programme for you. We will be with you every step of the way throughout your apprenticeship to support you to ensure you achieve your apprenticeship.

Usually you are with the employer four days a week and with the College one day a week and your employer will pay you for your time spent with the College. Belfast Met works closely with Employers to deliver full on the job training where possible via our Trainer Assessor delivery allowing all aspects of the ApprenticeshipsNI framework delivered in your place of work.

ApprenticeshipsNI Key Facts:

Who? As an apprentice, you will be a new or existing employee, in a Northern Ireland-based company, working a minimum of 21 hours weekly with experienced staff to learn and develop your skills and ideally aged 18 to 24 (opportunities available for 25+ please ask). You must secure employment to be eligible for an ApprenticeshipsNI course. Go to or contact or ApprenticeshipsNI team at apprenticeships[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk for more details.

What? Fully funded training at Level 2 and Level 3 across a breadth of qualification frameworks in a diverse range of professional and technical areas fully funded by DfE.

Why? When working as an apprentice you will earn while you learn, work alongside experienced professional staff, receive off-the-job specific training and gain valuable accredited recognised qualifications.

Where? The training will happen in your place of work and depending on your employer may involve day release to Belfast Met. Belfast Met works this out with your employer and based on the specific Apprenticeship you undertake

How? Ensure you meet the entry criteria and have an Employer who is supportive, focused and engaged in the ApprenticeshipsNI ethos. If you are unemployed, we have some opportunities that may help with employment. We can offer support and guidance with employment and can provide leads to emerging opportunities.

Centre for Skills & Apprenticeships, tel: 028 9026 5219 or email: apprenticeships[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk