Traineeships at SRC

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A Traineeship is designed to provide you with the skills and qualifications you need to secure employment in your chosen occupation, progress to an apprenticeship at level 3 or further study in further education.

About Traineeships

Traineeship will be available in a range of sectors in 2021 with further traineeships being introduced in the following year. ‘Training for Success Skills for Work Level 2’ provision will no longer be available at Southern Regional College.

What is a Traineeship?

The Traineeship will provide a high-quality vocational education and training programme at Level 2 and is aimed at school leavers and adults who aspire to work within a specific sector. It will provide participants with the skills and qualifications necessary to secure employment in their chosen occupation. Each Traineeship has been developed alongside employers to ensure that what you learn and the skills you develop are what employers are looking for. The Traineeship will allow participants to progress to an apprenticeship at Level 3 or alternatively into further education at Level 3.

The new Traineeship programme will allow participants to achieve a full Level 2 qualification and will comprise the following key elements:

  • A main vocational based qualification, equivalent to at least 3 GCSEs in the chosen occupational area (e.g. retail or plumbing)
  • Vocational skills development
  • Transversal and digital skills (see more below on this)
  • Work placement
  • Literacy and numeracy qualifications at Level 2 (may include GCSE qualifications in English and mathematics)
  • Additional qualifications deemed necessary for work within a sector e.g. health and safety, CSR, manual handling.

For more information on Traineeships for both students and employers please visit: 

Developing your wider skills

As well as providing you with the technical skills and knowledge in your chosen area, the Traineeship will help you to develop a range of transversal skills that are important for employment including:

  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Entrepreneurship.

Project Based Learning will also be a key feature of Traineeships. This is a dynamic approach to learning in which you will explore real-world problems and challenges that have been developed with employers. With this type of active and engaged learning, you will be inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects you are studying and develop a wide range of hands-on skills.


The Traineeship programme will typically take up to two years to complete on a full-time basis. Trainees who achieve qualifications during their first year may progress earlier to an apprenticeship or further education.

  • Full Traineeship Certificate

Those that complete qualifications equivalent to five GCSEs at Grade C including English (or Level 2 Communication) and Maths (or Level 2 Application of Number) will receive an overarching Traineeship Certificate issued by the Department for the Economy.

  • Partial Achievement

Trainees who do not achieve all the components will be recognised for partial achievement. This may mean that the trainee passes the Technical Qualification but does not achieve a Grade C in English (or Level 2 Communication) or a Grade C in Maths (or Level 2 Application of Number). Trainees who have partial achievement may still be able to progress to Level 3 further education.

  • Transfer

Trainees who secure employment in their chosen occupational area during their traineeship, can transfer seamlessly to Apprenticeship Level 2. As an apprentice, if you become unemployed during your apprenticeship, you can transfer onto a Traineeship to complete your programme.


All trainees who have attained the Full Traineeship Certificate, can progress within Southern Regional College to a level 3 further education course or a level 3 apprenticeship (possibly with your work placement employer). This can lead to higher education options.

Traineeship Options

Applications are now open for a wide range of Traineeships starting across the College in September 2022. Read on to find out more!

Entry criteria

Applicants will be required to hold a minimum of a Level 1 qualification, defined as 4 GCSEs at grades D-G including Maths and English grades D-E, or equivalent. Some areas have enhanced criteria for English and Maths at GCSE – please refer to the table below.

Professional / Technical area

Entry Grade Maths

Entry Grade English

Light Vehicle



Heavy Vehicle



Carpentry & Joinery






Plastering & Dry Wall Lining












Floor & Wall Tiling


Painting & Decorating






Motor Vehicle Body Repair


Motor Vehicle Paint Refinishing





Applicants who do not meet the enhanced entry criteria will enter an ‘Introductory Phase’ of the Traineeship. Upon enrolment, trainees will undertake initial assessments which will confirm whether they should enter the full Traineeship or the Introductory Phase. During the application process applicants should apply for the Level 2 course.

How to apply

To apply for any of the Level 2 Traineeships at Southern Regional College, find the course you are interested in (see links above), and click the white ‘Apply Now’ button on the left hand side of the web page. This will bring you to the SRC Online Application Portal. Follow the instructions on screen to complete your registration and application. If you require assistance with your application, please call us on 0300 123 1223 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trainee Support

Trainees will be supported by the College throughout the programme. There are a number of support services and packages in place to assist trainees. Read on for more details.

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Trainees may be entitled to an Education Maintenance Allowance. EMA pays £30 per week and is available to 16–19 year-olds. It is means tested. Attendance is monitored and payment is dependent on full weekly attendance in all subject areas including placement. Bonuses are also payable on the achievement of qualifications. EMA application packs are available from the College reception areas or can be downloaded from

Further Education Grant

Trainees can apply for a FE Grant which is means tested and non-repayable. The deadline to be guaranteed support is 30th June although applications are open until the 30th September. Application packs are available from the College reception areas or can be downloaded from

Hardship Fund

If you are age 18 or over on 1 July 2022 and suffering from financial hardship, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the College’s Hardship Fund. Assistance from the Hardship Fund is means tested and can only be provided once all other sources of funding have been explored. Childcare can be supported through the Hardship Fund if support is unavailable through the FE Award and Care to Learn.

Online Learning

If you are required to engage with online learning, Southern Regional College may facilitate this by lending you the IT equipment which you require.


Trainees will receive free health and safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Travel/bus pass

Trainees will be eligible to apply for a bus pass. Bus passes are issued through the Education Authority (EA). To receive a bus pass, a trainee must:

  • Be under 19 on 1st July before the start of the academic year.
  • Be studying a recognised full time further education or traineeship course.
  • Live at least 3 miles from their nearest college.

Trainees will also be reimbursed for their travel costs to work placement.

Free school meals

Trainees under 18 years of age on 31st July, before the start of the academic year, may be entitled to free school meals. Applications must be made by your parent or guardian to the Education Authority. School meal tickets will be available from College reception areas and should be collected on a weekly basis.

Pastoral care

Trainees will receive a high level of pastoral care from College staff with appropriate support mechanisms in place.

Care to Learn

If you are or become a parent and are aged between 16 and 19 at the start of the course, then you may be entitled to assistance with childcare costs.

Republic of Ireland (ROI) Trainees

ROI trainees are eligible to apply to undertake a Traineeship. You may be eligible to apply for ‘Back to Education Support’ if you are currently in receipt of a social welfare payment.

Employers Guide

An Employer Guide to Traineeships is now available providing an overview of the Northern Ireland Traineeships, range of Traineeships available, alignment to Apprenticeships and Frequently Asked Questions.

*Please note: Information on this page may be subject to change*

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