An apprenticeship is a real paid job, where you will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to perform your role.

You will work through a combination of on-the-job training with your employer and part time off-the-job studying with your training provider.

What about the pay?

In your first year the minimum you will be paid is the minimum wage for apprentices.

This is just a minimum amount though and employers may pay you more than this. After a year your pay will increase to the national minimum wage for your age group.


What you actually get paid for:
  • Your normal working hours (minimum of 30 per week)
  • Any training that’s part of your apprenticeship qualification
  • A minimum of 20 days’ holiday per year, plus bank holidays

What Levels are there?

Level 2
Equivalent: 5 GCSE passes

Level 3
Equivalent: 2 A Level passes


Higher Apprenticeships

Level 4 and 5
Equivalent: Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher National Certificate (HNC)


Degree Apprenticeships

Level 6 and 7

How do Apprenticeships work

Most of the time, an apprentice will be just like another member of the team, working and learning ‘on the job’. But at least 20% of their paid time will be dedicated to off-the-job learning – advancing their knowledge and giving them skills they can bring back to the workplace.

What is off-the-job learning? This can be delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work as long as it is not part of their normal working duties. This may be delivered via:

  • Distance learning – study conducted online through video lectures, online learning etc.)
  • Blended learning – the combination of different learning methods, such as face-to-face and online learning
  • Block release – an extended period of study either at the beginning or part way through training.
The specific way training is delivered is up to the apprentice, employer and training provider to discuss and agree – making them really flexible.

The rest of the Apprentice’s time will be spent at work learning the role and putting into practice everything they learn – all supported and nurtured by their workplace mentor.

Where could an apprenticeship take you?

The qualifications you gain can be used to begin or progress your career in the manufacturing and engineering industry.

You can use the experience, qualifications and transferable skills to apply for new opportunities.

You can continue your education through full-time, part-time or work-based study.

The MEGA Apprenticeship Model

223 Amazing Apprenticeship Opportunities in Mid Ulster MEGA Companies…

There has never been a more exciting time to join the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector. The sector needs talented young people who will help their companies grow.

Check out the MEGA Apprenticeship Model Booklet, highlighting the range of apprenticeship courses and opportunities within our local Mid Ulster manufacturing companies, and also the the contact details of each company, allowing for direct communication between students, parents, teachers and companies.

Further Enquiries

If you are a Student or a Company and wish to hear more about Apprenticeships, please fill in the enquiry form.


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