The ApprenticeshipsNI programme is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) Programme 2014 - 2020 and the Department for the Economy.

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The ApprenticeshipsNI programme aims to:

  • provide apprentices with the knowledge, understanding, and competence to work at a high level in their chosen occupation
  • offer quality training to fulfil the requirements of an appropriate apprenticeship framework
  • contribute to raising the skills level of the NI workforce
  • provide opportunities for progression to further and higher education and training
  • support the direct involvement of employers in training key personnel

Statistics and guidelines

Statistics on the ApprenticeshipsNI programme in Northern Ireland, plus the Operational Guidelines/Requirements for the ApprenticeshipsNI 2013, 2017 and 2021 programmes are available at:

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