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 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

Business Administration

Customer Service

Hospitality

Retail

Active Leisure (Sport)

Health & Social Care

Barbering

Beauty

Brickwork

Childcare

Fab/ Welding

Hairdressing

Horticulture

Joinery

LVBR

MV

Nail Services

Painting & Decorating

Plumbing

Skills for Work L1

Skills for Your Life – Construction

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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

 

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

Business Administration

Financial Services

Hospitality

Dental Nursing

Health & Social Care

Housing

Construction Technical (Civil Engineering)

I.T. and Telecoms Professional

Pharmacy

Brickwork

Interior Systems (Dry Lining)

Fab/Welding

Joinery

LVBR

Mechanical Engineering

MV

Painting & Decorating

Plumbing

Electrotechnical L3

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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.

North West Regional College student Cameron Nutt who has been selected to take part in the Worldskills Finals in Abu Dhabi. (Picture by Martin McKeown).

 

North West Regional College student Jack Mclaughlin

 

North West Regional College and Errigal Contracts apprentice Ryan Carlyle, Gold winner in Dry Lining at the annual Skillbuild Northern Ireland Finals. (Picture by Martin McKeown)

 

 

Cameron Nutt

Level 3 Carpentry & Joinery

“I would recommend North West Regional College.  It is a great place to learn, you meet new friends, and you have great craic too!”

Cameron represented Team UK at the 2017 World Skills Finals in Abu Dhabi

 

 

 

 

 

Jack McLaughlin

Apprenticeship L2 in Electrical Engineering

“One day you can be fixing things, putting flanges and pipes together and the next day you can be doing something completely different like changing drives”

Jack featured in the Derry City & Strabane District Council campaign to promote Training & Apprenticeships across the region

 

 

Ryan Carlysle

Apprenticeship L2 in Plastering & Dry-Lining

Ryan was one of 90 local construction apprentices who competed at the Construction and Industry Training Board (CITB) regional finals, which took place at our Greystone Campus in Limavady.

He will now go on to represent Northern Ireland at Skills Show UK, and potentially Worldskills 2019 in Russia.

 

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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