ApprenticeshipsNI: New Guide for Employers Published

Guidance helps employers to get started with apprentices, outlines how employers can find training providers and explains the Apprenticeship Levy

The ApprenticeshipsNI programme is employer-led training provision, with employers creating apprenticeships in line with their business needs. The programme offers apprenticeship training across a wide range of industry sectors and occupations.

Benefits of employing apprentices
There are many benefits from employing an apprentice including helping apprentices develop the specialist skills that businesses need to help keep pace with latest technology and working practices. Many employers have reported that by employing apprentices they have realised a growth and improvement in productivity in their businesses, coupled with a real sense of contributing to the skills need of the Northern Ireland economy.

Employer guidance
The new ApprenticeshipsNI employer guidance, published by the Department for the Economy (DfE), provides advice on the current apprenticeship programme in Northern Ireland and the changes being made. It includes information on the Apprenticeship Levy which was introduced by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) across the UK on 6 April 2017. For more information, see Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland – a guide for employers(link is external).

Training providers for ApprenticeshipsNI
A network of further education colleges, universities and contracted training providers, offer opportunities for employers to train apprentices. These apprenticeship training suppliers can help employees to qualify in their chosen profession through ‘off-the-job’ training.

Further guidance
For full details on ApprenticeshipsNI, see nibusinessinfo‘s guidance on Apprenticeships: delivering work-based training and qualifications to employees.