About Apprenticeship Frameworks in Northern Ireland

Currently in Northern Ireland, there are two apprenticeship routes available for trainees.

Apprenticeship Routes

Our Apprenticeship Route Map also shows these routes towards an apprenticeship and how they work together. We have also detailed the entry requirements for each route, which will help you to decide which apprenticeship scheme is the most appropriate for you.

Programme-Led Apprenticeship

The Programme-Led Apprenticeship route will give 16 and 17 year old school leavers (and up to 24 years old for those requiring additional support), the opportunity to gain a full apprenticeship qualification in a chosen skill area. This will be achieved through a combination of simulated off-the-job training and time spent with an employer on a work placement, one day per week.

This route is particularly applicable for those trainees who have yet to secure an employer.

The key elements of the Programme-Led Apprenticeship are as follows;

  • 2 to 3 year programme.
  • 21 hours over 2 or 4 days, in directed training, including project based skills learning and integrated practical projects that simulate typical industry activity.
  • One day per week placement with an industry-appropriate employer in years 1 and 2.
  • A Personal Training Plan is completed, which details the progression route for achieving the agreed qualifications.
  • A NVQ qualification at Level 2 and working towards an NVQ at Level 3.
  • Essential Skills which include literacy, numeracy and computing.
  • A technical certificate appropriate to the apprenticeship
  • Other shorter industry-related training, such as CSR

Apprenticeship NI

The Apprenticeship NI scheme offers the trainee an opportunity to train in their chosen trade and the employer the chance to develop a highly motivated and committed workforce.

Apprenticeship NI offers a range of training opportunities to ultimately achieve an industry-led qualification. An apprentice (who must be with an employer from day 1), can train in areas such as bricklaying, joinery, plastering, painting and decorating and many more. By participating in on-the-job training, the apprentice will complete and achieve a full apprenticeship, acquiring the knowledge and skills to be competent in their chosen career.

The key components of the Apprenticeship NI Scheme are as follows;

  • The apprentice must be employed with a Northern Ireland based company to work a minimum of 21 hours, including time for off-the-job training.
  • The scheme can take between 2 and 4 years to complete depending on the level of study and the ability of the trainee.
  • Leads to a NVQ qualification at levels 2 and 3.
  • Completion of an intermediate and Advance Technical Certificate.
  • Essential Skills in communication, numeracy and computing.
  • A Personal Training Plan is completed, which details the progression route for achieving the agreed qualifications.
Extracted from the careers page on CITB Northern Ireland website.

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