How to find apprenticeships in Northern Ireland

Where to search for employers and training providers for apprenticeships in Northern Ireland.

You can search for apprenticeships opportunities on nidirect: Find an opportunity

Each apprenticeship vacancy will specify the entry requirements, set out the details of the job role, and how to apply – applications are usually made direct to the employer — online, through an application form, or a CV and covering letter.

Finding an employer 

If you're interested in becoming a Level 2 or Level 3 apprentice, or joining the higher level apprenticeships programme, you can also find a job with an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice.

Finding someone to take you on as an apprentice is really like finding any other job. You can, for example:

Finding a training provider

Once you’re in employment, and have agreed with your employer that you can become an apprentice, simply contact a local apprenticeship training provider. They will check your eligibility, and register your interest in training when it’s available.

Your training provider will then meet with you and your employer to discuss your apprenticeship and training needs, and develop and agree a training plan.


Maisy, software engineering apprentice

Maisy Sinclair is 20 and in her third year of a four-year degree apprenticeship in software engineering, in digital partnership with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Queen's University Belfast. 

Maisy decided to apply to Queens University to do computer science or software engineering as an academic degree. She applied through UCAS, and received an email asking if she would consider this new course. She went to the information evening on the degree apprenticeship and liked it, put her name down, and started the application process.

Higher level apprenticeships

View a list of further education colleges and higher education providers offering higher level apprenticeships.

If you’re interested in doing a higher level apprenticeship, contact the college or university for further information:

Help and support

  • If you're unsure about which apprenticeship you want to follow, or need more information, contact the NI apprenticeships helpline
  • Into apprenticeships — guide for Disabled people. Disability Rights UK has produced this guide, answering common questions, such as how to find an apprenticeship, whether the training will be accessible, and the support available in the workplace. There are several inspiring stories written by disabled apprentices about their experiences, and the challenges they've faced. The guide also contains a useful resources section listing further websites, publications, and organisations which can help.

Sign up to Career Finder

If you think an apprenticeship could be the right option for you, just head over to Career Finder and create an account. 

You'll be able to : 

  • search for all apprenticeship roles
  • filter by subject area, role type, location, and level of apprenticeship
  • shortlist jobs
  • sign up for alerts
  • keep tabs on applications you've made