Training and Apprenticeships

This programme is funded by Department of Economy

Training for Success is designed for young people aged 16-18 (up to 22 years for those requiring additional support) and offers you the chance to gain the tools you need to get a job or progress in your career. Training for Success can help:

• you to decide on a future career path
• offer you training & learning in suitable skills for your job
• give you help to find employment

Training for Success is about giving you the tools and confidence so you can get ready to find work. It focuses on the extra learning you need, even one-to-one tuition if required. Once you gain recognised basic skills and qualifications, you’re ready to move into the next level of Training for Success or an Apprenticeship.

Training activities may include:
• Essential Skills in Communication, Application of Number and ICT
• Personal and social development (QCF)
• Employability skills (QCF)
• Professional & technical skills (QCF)
• Searching for work
• Building confidence
• Interview skills
• Motivation Skills
• Health & Safety
• Basic First Aid
• Life & Work skills
• CSR Training
• Vocational Training

Work sampling and job tasters based on your needs give you the chance to experience different workplaces and decide what sort of work and training suits you best.

Start earning now…When you join Training for Success you’ll receive a weekly Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £40 per week (based on attendance). Travelling expenses and contributions towards lodgings and/or childcare costs may also be paid.


Training For Success and Apprenticeships NI Course Options

You can access these courses at one of the following College campuses; Derry-Londonderry, Limavady, or Strabane. Entry for these courses at apprenticeship level is subject to results of initial assessment and interview. Entry requirement for these are currently under review.

For more information on Training For Success or Apprenticeships, contact 028 7127 6449.

Training for Success / Apprenticeship Options
RetailWood Occupations
Amenity HorticultureFloor & Wall Tiling
Customer ServicesBusiness Administration
Dental NursingHairdressing
BarberingBeauty Therapy
Nail ServicesSpa Therapy
ChildcareHospitality & Catering
BrickworkHealth & Social Care
Painting & DecoratingFabrication & Welding
Electrical EngineeringElectrotechnical Services
PlumbingMechanical Engineering
Motor Vehicle Maintenance & RepairMotor Vehicle Body & Paint Repair
Motor Vehicle Body & Paint RepairCivil Engineering

Funded by Department of Economy in partnership with European Social Fund

Be Skilled – Be Qualified – Be Paid
Getting paid while you train and learn – an attractive proposition…Found an employer who will offer you employment as an apprentice? You can earn while you study / train.

Apprenticeships are available on a full-framework basis to both existing and newly recruited employees. You can enter ApprenticeshipsNI funded apprenticeships on progression from Training for Success or as a direct entrant.

ApprenticeshipsNI offers a diverse range of training and the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications giving you the skills you need for your chosen career. As an apprentice you will be with an employer and in paid employment from day one. How much you are paid will be agreed with your employer and will meet national minimum wage requirements.

Once you sign up to ApprenticeshipsNI you will begin to get the training and qualifications necessary for your career and what employers want.  Don’t worry about the cost, ApprenticeshipsNI will ensure the full cost of your directed training is met. Once you complete you will have formal qualifications that are recognised by employers worldwide.
ApprenticeshipNI ensure that you:

  • get first rate training
  • build knowledge and skills
  • gain qualifications
  • earn a wage from day one
ESF logo to be used with ApprenticeshipsNI branding
Brenda CollBrenda Coll Level 2 Business Administration

“The College is really close to me so getting here is no problem, I’m so glad I made the decision to sign up!
The placement part of the course is great as I get to spend two days per week in an office environment within the College.  The staff have made me feel really welcome and I have lots of work to get through. I enjoy it and they make me feel as part of the team and not just as being on a placement.
I do plenty of administrative tasks like photocopying, filing and word processing. It gives me a real idea as to what working in administration will be like.
The training allowance of £40 per week is great too…I can earn while I am learning!.”


Chloe NuttChloe Nutt Level 2 Business Administration

“I’m loving this course so far. I have a placement for two days each week in Newbuildings Youth Club on reception.
I meet new people everyday and no two days are the same. The £40 per week comes in really handy too as I don’t have to ask for money when I want something.
I’m hoping to stay on in the College and gain more qualifications so I’m glad I made the decision to come here.”


Lauren ArnoldLauren Arnold – Strabane – Level 3 Early Years

I knew the College well as I’d been here whilst still at Holy Cross. I knew my way around and some of the lecturers.
I love it here and it’s just round the corner from my home.
I look forward to going into my placement every time. The kids are just fantastic and working with them is no rewarding.  I go into St. Anne’s Primary School two days per week – I should know it well enough as it’s my old school!
I get £40 per week for full attendance and the money is great. I’m saving up at the minute to go on holiday.


Sophie DevineSophie Devine – Strabane – Level 1 Early Years

After listening at the talk I decided to go along to the Open Day and have a look around for myself.
I knew a couple of the girls in my class so it wasn’t too hard settling in.
“The placement and training allowance is amazing. I get to work with the children helping them with their sentences and watching them play. I want to be a primary school teacher one day.”


James McGowanJames McGowan – DerryLevel 1 Workskills

“I’m enjoying every moment, especially Thursday’s as that’s the day I’m out on my placement. The College is a good place to learn and the lecturers treat me very well. I get great one-to-one support and feel as if I can ask them anything. They treat me like an adult and that gets me interested in getting my work done.  The training allowance was definitely a reason in me joining the TFS scheme and I’m currently saving it up every week.”
James is on work placement with Elagh Tree Surgery and is hoping to continue his studies with the College next year.


KeelyBellKeely BellLevel 2 Health & Social Care

“NWRC is not as strict as secondary school – it’s more relaxed. We are given responsibility for our work and we have to take control to get it in on time.”
Keely is having a ball since coming to the College and even got the chance to train members of the general public at a major skills show in Birmingham.
“We were showing people how to do CPR at this show in England. I really enjoyed talking with people and showing them techniques. They all seemed really interested in what we were telling them.  I’m hoping to stay on next year and complete my level 3 in Health & Social Care. Midwifery as a career would be my goal and this is my plan to get there.”

What level of qualification will I be studying as a TFS participant?
Level 1 or Level 2 depending on the qualifications you have already achieved.

How many days a week will I be in College (it is 30-35 hours so is this over 5 days between employer and college)?
At least 2 days per week is spent in College.  Participants have to do a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 35 hours per week between College, work placement and or directed study.

How many days a week will I be with an employer?
Between 1 and 3 days

Will I be expected to work a Saturday?
Participants are not required to attend work placement for any periods that would normally attract overtime or premium payments for an employee, nor should a participant be required to attend on weekends, Bank Holidays, evenings or unusual hours.

Do I have to find my own work placement?
College staff assist with finding work placements if participants are unable to find an employer.

What qualification will I achieve at the end of the course?
You will achieve personal and social development, employability skills, professional and technical skills at level 1 or level 2, Essential Skills in Communication, Application of Number and ICT

How long (years?) will it take me to complete this qualification?
All participants will receive an entitlement of up to 104 weeks on the Training for Success programme, or up to 156 weeks for those with a disability who have an identified need for additional time.

Will I be paid my weekly allowance of £40 during the summer?  Will I be expected to attend College or work placement during the summer?
Training for Success is continuous during the summer.  Participants have to attend College or work placement during the summer and are paid up to £40 training allowance per week based on attendance.

When I apply will I be interviewed?
Interviews are conducted by Lecturers normally in May/June.

When do I get the cash bonuses?
Cash bonuses are paid at 13 week intervals during the programme.

Do I need to do an apprenticeship after the TFS course to be fully qualified in my chosen skill area or will I be qualified to seek employment with my TFS qualification?
Participants can achieve up to level 2 on TfS which is an acceptable level of qualification for some vocational areas.  However to be fully qualified in areas such as plumbing, electrical, motor vehicle and engineering participants have to achieve a level 3 qualification through the ApprenticeshipsNI programme.

Can I start my course anytime or do I have to wait until September?
September is the preferred start date as it is the start of the College year but participants can commence TfS at any time providing they meet the eligibility criteria.

Do I get my travel expense to my work placement paid every day I’m there?
Participants are reimbursed for travel expenses which amount to more than £3 per week.  This includes travel to College and work placement premises.

What assistance is there for childcare?
Participants can apply to be considered for assistance with childcare payments where arrangements for the care of the child(ren) are on a fee-paying basis with a carer, childminder, day nursery, or a crèche which is registered with the appropriate authority.

This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy
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