ApprenticeshipsNI qualifications explained for employers
An apprenticeship can give your employee the training and qualifications they need to get ahead and meet your business needs. The qualifications are set out in a framework and are available at Levels 2 and 3. Terms and conditions apply if you are 25 years and over.
Level 2 and 3 apprenticeship qualifications
The frameworks have been devised by industry bodies together with the Sector Skills Councils and are therefore tailored to ensure they meet the needs of your industry.
No matter what apprenticeship they choose, your apprentice must complete a Level 2 and/or Level 3 apprenticeship qualification.
Level 2 is the first level and the one that most new apprentices choose.
In respect of Level 3, they can either progress from Level 2 to Level 3 or go straight in at this higher level, depending on their ability and the qualifications they already have.
Level 3 requires higher level qualifications to be achieved.
Are qualifications required?
Both levels, depending on the apprenticeship being followed can require a variety of qualifications and indeed some apprenticeships require, for example, General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSEs) in order to be eligible to undertake the apprenticeship.
How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?
It usually takes up to two years to complete one level and up to four years to complete the two levels depending on their complexity; however they can be completed more quickly depending on the ability of the apprentice.
The apprenticeship framework
The apprenticeship framework sets out the Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications that must be completed and the standard that must be achieved by the apprentice in order to qualify and achieve their ApprenticeshipsNI certificate.
There are around 100 apprenticeships to choose from ranging from computer science, motor vehicle, mechanical engineering and retail. For some there are minimum entry requirements, for example, GCSEs. Your chosen training supplier can advise you and your apprentice on this.
If the chosen apprenticeship is not on the framework lists below then it is not available through the ApprenticeshipsNI programme. There may be further apprenticeships added in the future.
- Level 2 frameworks for ApprenticeshipsNI
- Level 3 frameworks for ApprenticeshipsNI
- Apprenticeships 25+ Frameworks