An Apprenticeship is a workplace training programme which includes a combination of on and off-the-job training.

Apprenticeships are available for both existing and newly recruited employees and are delivered through the ApprenticeshipsNI programme. Apprentices can be aged 16-24 (over 25 apprenticeships available in priority skill areas) and are employed from Day 1 for a minimum of 21 hours per week (which includes directed training time) with a Northern Ireland based company.

Apprenticeship Frameworks include:

  • A competence based qualification - NVQ Level 2/3 A knowledge based component - Diploma
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Essential Skills in Communication, Application of Number and Information Technology
  • Applicants who have achieved GCSE English,Mathematics or IT at grades A-C, will be exempt from the equivalent essential skill.


1-4 years with a mixture of time in the work place and time in directed training.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be over 16 years of age
  • Applicants must be employed for at least 21 hours per week

We asked some of our Apprenticeship Students to tell a little about their experience as an Apprentice at Southern Regional College - read their stories below:

Wayne CulCorglass Joinery ly
Owner/Director – Corglass Joinery, Portadown

Wayne was an apprentice joiner at Southern Regional College – Portadown Campus in 2006.
“From a very early age at primary school, I wanted to be a joiner. I am not sure where this career path came from as I don’t have anyone in my family who are skilled tradesmen but I knew at that stage in my life that this is what I wanted to do. I enjoyed school and left at 16 with 10 GCSEs. I had no interest in staying on. I just wanted to start training to be a joiner right away and move into the world of work.
I completed the apprenticeship in Wood Occupations at Level 2 and Level 3 at SRC – Portadown campus and I loved every minute of it. As part of my apprenticeship I was working for a local joinery firm and they were so supportive of me and my training. I also attended the SRC Portadown campus on a weekly basis and the lecturers really encouraged me and spurred me on.

I competed in the UK Skillbuild National Finals for Joinery in 2010 in Wales and I was selected to be a member of the Worldskills UK Squad 2011. These competitions really raised my confidence in believing in myself and in my joinery skill. I was competing with the best of the best in the UK.
I obtained my apprenticeship but I didn’t want my learning and training to stop there. So, whilst competing in these competitions, I was working in full-time employment with a local company and then I decided that I wanted to push myself even further – I enrolled on the BTEC HNC in Construction at SRC – Portadown Campus. Some would say that I was a ‘glutton for punishment’ ! This was challenging period in my career but I wanted to push myself as far as I could to see what I could achieve. I graduated successfully from the course and decided to set up my own business.
“Corglass Joinery” was started in 2010 and I am glad to say that my business is going well. I undertake all aspects of joinery work from roofing, 1st/2nd fix phases and I have now moved into fitted bedroom and kitchens.

I would encourage any young person to move into the field of joinery. If you are hard-working, committed and believe in doing a job well and to a high standard, you will go far. I run my business with this ethos and I am glad to say that the work has always been there for Corglass Joinery. If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well.”

If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship opportunity with SRC, please visit our website: or contact Sharon Mullan Email: or Tel: 028 3025 9733.


Gary Doyle (Plumbing)

"My name is Gary Doyle and I am 21 years old. I work as a plumber for Kieran Traynor Plumbing and Heating and I study level 3 Plumbing at SRC's Greenbank campus in Newry.

 I was successful in winning the Gold medal in Plumbimg and Heating at the 2015 Worldskills event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Read more about me.