You are here - Careers > Employers > Support


Apprenticeship Grants

Over recent years the widely established CITB NI grants scheme has supported over 700 young apprentices who joined the industry in the last four years. Due to the successful uptake of the apprenticeship grant in recent years, CITB NI has maintained this grant which means that £6,500 may be claimed for a fully employed apprentice over a 3-year period on either an ApprenticeshipsNI or Higher Level Apprenticeships programme. Note – Apprenticeship Grants are not capped. Find out more


JobStart is a new employer incentive scheme from the Department for Communities (DfC) that will help young people aged 16–24 at risk of long term unemployment to get into the job market by providing government funding for employers to create job opportunities – see link below:

Useful Support

Apprenticeships: delivering work-based training and qualifications to employees – check out the Government information pages for employing apprentices and what funding is available:
Download the Apprenticeships Employer Advice Flyer
Apprenticeships Helpline – get in touch for further information on the Apprenticeships programme in Northern Ireland, run by the Department for the Economy.
Careers Service
Careers Occupational Information
Finding an Apprentice:
Connect to Success – Advertise and promote your apprenticeship or work experience opportunities on the Department for the Economy’s free online system here  - and link ‘here’ to
Other routes to finding your next apprentice:
  • contact your local Jobs and Benefits Offices or JobCentres website
  • place a vacancy - Advertise a job on JobApplyNI
  • place an advertisement in the newspapers
  • contact a training contractor/provider in your area who delivers training in the relevant occupational area, as they may be aware of potential employees.
  • look to your own staff - an existing employee is eligible for the ApprenticeshipsNI or Higher Level Apprenticeship programme if their new role requires substantial training and development