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NI Traineeship Programme – Employer Engagement

The NI Traineeship will provide a high-quality vocational education and training programme at Level 2, including structured work-based learning, to individuals who are not yet in employment or not yet working in their chosen occupational area.

Work Based Learning, in conjunction with local employers, is a critical element of Traineeship. Placement in a suitable work environment makes the learning ‘real’ and supports the development of work ready skills.

This new programme will be able to provide enhanced confidence and employment skills to our trainees as well as progression pathways to Level 3 Further Education and Level 3 Apprenticeship programmes.

Available Areas

Belfast Met is currently seeking to partner with employers to provide work-based learning placements across the following 22 subject areas commencing this September:

  • Agriculture
  • Auto-electrics
  • Brickwork
  • Business Administration
  • Butchery
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Electrical Installation
  • Engineering
  • Floor and Wall Tiling
  • Hairdressing
  • Horticulture
  • Land Based Engineering
  • Motor Vehicle (Heavy)
  • Motor Vehicle (Light)
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plant Maintenance
  • Plastering and Dry Wall Lining
  • Plumbing
  • Refrigeration
  • Retail
  • Vehicle Body Repair
  • Vehicle Paint Refinishing


Employers offering a Traineeship must be able to:

  • Offer a minimum of 20% of the programmes as work-based learning (typically 1 day per week);
  • Provide evidence of agreed employee and public liability insurance;
  • Provide the same health and safety protection as an employee would get.