Employment and Skills Support

Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week

Looking for more information about what an apprenticeship can do for your career or your business?

During the second annual Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week (26-30 April 2021), a number of virtual events will be taking place across Northern Ireland to help give an insight and answers to those queries.

Events will be hosted by a range of stakeholders including local councils, employers, Further Education colleges, universities, private training providers and others.

Find out what events will be happening below.

We are working closely with the a range of partners including Department for the Economy, Northern Regional College, Manufacturing Task Force, Royal Academy of Engineering, WISE, MATRIX NI, Manufacturing NI, Unite the Union, CITB and Transport Training Services (TTS) to offer a range of events.

Further information can be found on the NIDirect NI Apprenticeship Week page.


Energy Innovation Challenge

Win a 3D Printer for your school!

We are inviting young people to become engineers and entrepreneurs to develop ideas that could change our world for the better! The Energy Innovation Challenge asks young people to explore ideas that could improve lives in our community and have the chance to win a 3D Printer and other goodies for their school!

The competition is being run in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), MATRIX NI, Manufacturing NI, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

The competition is open to primary and secondary schools in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The winning schools in each council area will receive a 3D printer.

There are two categories:

Category 1: Year 6 and 7

Category 2: Year 8 to 10

All information will be sent to local schools with a deadline of Friday 28 May. Winner will be announced at the end of May.


Apprenticeships – A New World of Opportunity

Tuesday 27 April

We have teamed up with The Construction Industry Training Board, Unite the Union and employers Wrightbus, Radius Housing and Moore NI to offer insights from past and present apprentices into the diverse range of opportunities and benefits offered via Apprenticeships NI and Higher Level Apprenticeships.

This webinar will be delivered to a private audience of Year 13 pupils and speaker videos will be posted online following the event. 


Northern Regional College Apprenticeship event

As part of Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week, NRC are holding an Online Apprenticeship Event from Monday 26 April.

Join online to:

* Find out more about Traineeship/Apprenticeship programmes

* Listen to employers and apprentices sharing their experiences

* Find out more about how to find an employer

* Watch course videos on Traineeship/Apprenticeship subject areas

* Check out Frequently Asked Questions

* Book a ‘call back’ with NRC’s Training Support Team

Book online


My skills, my life - School session

My Skills, My Life is a tried and tested outreach resource created by WISE to inspire girls to consider a career in STEM. It is an interactive, online tool that allows girls to find out their personality types and shows them role models with similar personality types working in STEM. The role model case studies include information about pathways and brings the role models to life for the girls.

The online platform also includes information about companies and the opportunities they have to offer.

As part of NI Apprenticeship Week we are offering sessions for all pupils to help young people identify their skills and potential STEM career pathways.

Each session is hosted by a local STEM ambassador working in industry or academia in Northern Ireland. Each session will last no longer than 60 minutes and is delivered virtually.

If you are interested in booking a session for your school or group please email amplify@midandeastantrim.gov.uk by Wednesday 5 May.

Sessions are offered throughout May and we will contact you to confirm your preferred session.


Transport Training Services Tour/Virtual Q&A Session

Tuesday 27 APRIL - 7pm

TTS will be hosting a virtual tour of their training facilities, followed by a virtual Q&A session. This is an opportunity for young people, parents, schools and employers to find out more about the various transport and automotive apprenticeships available at TTS, as well as career progression opportunities in these sectors. We will be joined by a panel of existing apprentice employers and existing/past apprentices, as well as tutors/staff at TTS. 

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance.

A virtual guided tour of the Transport Training Services campus at Nutts Corner will be available to give prospective apprentices and employers an overview of the training environment and facilities on offer, including training rooms, workshops and computer suites.

To register to attend this event and to submit any questions that you have, please complete the registration form.

Alternatively, please contact Robert Deignan at TTS on M: 07736 958 355 or robertd@transporttraining.org.


Transport Training Services ‘Women Auto Learn - Ladies’ Night’

Thursday 29 APRIL - 6.30pm

As part of TTS’s new ‘Women in Wheels NI’ campaign to encourage more females into the transport and automotive sectors, TTS are planning to run a series of female-only events.  Their ‘Women Auto Learn’ event will be hosted by a former female TTS apprentice, now a qualified vehicle technician working in a leading, local car dealership.

The event is specifically aimed at young women (aged 16-24) and will introduce them to general car maintenance.  Participants will get hands-on training on how to maintain a car, including how to carry out a full vehicle health check, as well as learn how to do basic tasks such as checking oil levels, changing wiper blades, topping up fluids, etc.

This event is ideal for any young women who wants to become more independent in maintaining her own or her family’s cars, or for those with an interest in a career in the automotive/transport industry.

To find out more about our Women in Wheels NI initiative, or to find out more about being a female working in the transport/automotive sectors in NI, please visit the Women in Wheels NI Facebook group.

Places are limited and booking is essential. 

To register your interest in this event, please complete the registration form. You will be contacted to confirm your place.

Please note: This event is subject to easing of covid-19 restrictions. Ideally this will be held at the TTS facility at Nutts Corner, but if that is not possible it will revert to a virtual event.  Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents/guardians or other accompanying adults will receive a tour of the TTS training centre and will have access to complementary light refreshments in our canteen.

If you think you might have an interest in a career in the automotive/transport industry or you are an employer considering an apprentice, then this is your opportunity to find out more.

Both initiatives have been funded under the Department for the Economy’s Apprenticeship Challenge Fund.