Apprenticeships and Traineeships for school-aged learners

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a learning pathway that combine paid employment and on-the-job training under a formal training contract. An apprentice or trainee has the opportunity to combine employment with training, working toward a nationally recognised qualification, whilst also earning money. Apprenticeships and traineeships can be undertaken full-time, part-time* or as a School-based apprenticeship/traineeship.

Requirements and Guidelines

The Requirements and Guidelines for Apprenticeships and Traineeships delivered to school-aged learners was endorsed by the Years 9 to 12 Steering Committee in February 2021.

Consultation on this and associated documents was undertaken with schools, as well as education, training and industry stakeholders, throughout 2020.

Supporting resources and professional learning to assist with implementation are being developed and will be provided to schools.

The Requirements and Guidelines provides guidance and parameters around the provision of apprenticeships and traineeships for school-aged learners and the support required from schools.

Please note that minor updates may be made to this document on an ongoing basis, so please use the link above to ensure you are accessing the most up to date version.

Significant updates will be communicated via regular sector communications.

*part-time apprenticeships and traineeships are only available to school-aged learners in years 11 and 12 under extenuating circumstances and with the support of the school and/or Education Authority. They are not available to learners in years 9 and 10.


Process for all Apprenticeships and Traineeships  and Frequently Asked Questions aim to clarify key processes and responsibilities pertaining to ASbAs, part-time and full-time apprenticeships/traineeships, and will be relevant for School Facilitators, and other school leaders. 

Please note: this information has been compiled for DECYP schools and Facilitators. Independent and Catholic audiences are welcome to refer to this information though it may not always apply to their contexts. For guidance, please contact the ApTSL team:

TCE and ASbA Fact Sheet 2

For more information or guidance on supporting apprentices and trainees at your school, contact