What are Apprenticeships?
An apprenticeship is a program that as an employer you can utilise to help your workers become skilled in a trade suitable for the needs of your business. Apprenticeships combine hands-on work with classroom learning so that as the apprentice is learning, they are also applying the lessons in a practical way through working.
An apprenticeship can give your employee the training and qualifications they need to get ahead and meet your business needs. The qualifications for Level 2 and Level 3 are set out in a framework. They have been devised by industry bodies together with the Sector Skills Council and are therefore tailored to ensure they meet the needs of your industry. Framework provision is subject to confirmation.
What is the Assured Skills Programme?
The Assured Skills programme is a joint programme between the Department for the Economy (DfE) Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland. It has been in existence since 2010/11 and since then, has promoted a total of 5,371 jobs. Once all jobs have been realised it will inject an additional £141m into the Northern Ireland economy.
The Assured Skills programme seeks to assure potential investors, and existing employers considering expansion, that the skills they need to support a growing business can be found in Northern Ireland. It does this by employing all of DfE’s responsibilities for the higher and further education sectors and the Department’s skills and training programmes.
Current academies are advertised in local newspapers and online resources including jobcentreonline, nidirect, nijobs, recruitni and social media.
Assured Skills supports the company’s business plan by:
- Adding value to their training and skills development activity by facilitating links with the further education and university sectors
- Designing bespoke training solutions
- Supporting recruitment and other pre-employment activities
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Upskill or Reskill your staff
There are many options available to upskill or reskill your staff and in order to assist with the cost of doing so, you may also be eligible for up to 75% funded training. The Department for the Economy has made upskilling a priority to grow our economy and meet its changing demands. DfE can provide financial support of up to 75% of the cost of enhancing the skills of your workforce.
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