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ApprenticeshipsNI

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 https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/types-apprenticeships 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.

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

Employ an Apprentice

Benefits to your business

 

  •  Increase productivity, improve competitiveness and develop a competent workforce
  •  Fill your skills gaps. Apprenticeships develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices – skills often not available in the job market.
  •  Secure a supply of people with the skills and qualities you need to replace an ageing workforce.
  •  Contribute to NI’s pool of qualified, certificated employees in your sector and help grow our economy and skills base.
  •  Build loyalty and reduce turnover.
  •  Create future managers who know your business.
  •  Motivate other staff to up skill.
  •  Show your company’s commitment to your team.

The employer’s role

 

  • Pay the apprentice as a permanent paid employee (minimum 21 contracted hours per week including day release/off-the-job training. Directed training must be paid as part of the participant’s contracted hours) from day one.
  • Pay the apprentice a wage commensurate with the industry rate for that job and in accordance with National Minimum Wage regulations
  • Support on-the-job training for the apprentice using a mentor or journey-man  to help develop knowledge and competence on the job
  • Support off-the-job learning by giving the apprentice appropriate time to attend College to enhance professional and technical knowledge.
  •  Comply with all relevant legal and contractual responsibilities regarding health and safety, and take steps to ensure equality of opportunity, regardless of community background, gender, marital status, disability, race, political opinion, sexual orientation, age, or dependents.
  •  Hold appropriate Public and Employers Liability Insurance

For further information:

Telephone: 028 9026 5219 

Email: apprenticeships[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk