Who can become an apprentice?

Anyone over the age of 16 who wants to train, achieve a qualification and get paid whilst doing it, can become an apprentice! Whatever your educational and work background, apprenticeships are a great way to start or progress in a career, gain and experience new skills, and achieve industry recognised qualifications – all while being paid!

There are two types of apprenticeships. ApprenticeshipsNI (Level 2 and Level 3) and Higher Level Apprenticeships (Levels 4, 5,6 & 7)

To take part in the ApprenticeshipsNI (Level 2 and Level 3) programme you need to:

  • have reached the minimum school leaving age in Northern Ireland (16 years)
  • be employed or be about to take up paid employment in Northern Ireland
  • be working a minimum of 21 hours per week on a permanent contract
  • meet all the entry requirements of your chosen apprenticeship (for example some apprenticeships will require you to have GCSEs)

To take part in Higher Level Apprenticeships (Levels 4, 5, 6 & 7)

To take part in Higher Level Apprenticeships (Levels 4, 5, 6 & 7)

Higher level apprenticeships are also ‘work-based programmes’ which enable you to gain a higher qualification such as a foundation degree, degree and even Master’s degree.

  • have completed A Levels or equivalent
  • meet all the entry requirements of your chosen apprenticeship, for example A Levels or equivalent
  • be employed or be about to take up paid employment in Northern Ireland
  • there are no age restrictions for HLAs

Over 25?

If you're 25 years and over, there are restrictions on the number and types of Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships with funding available. More details below.

Level 2 courses for over 25s link  

Level 3 courses for over 25s link

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