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With a presence in 17 locations across Northern Ireland, Rutledge has been a prominent provider of Recruitment and Training services since 1989. Our comprehensive offerings encompass Permanent/Temporary Recruitment, Healthcare Recruitment, Domiciliary Care Services, Sales & Leadership training, Private Vocational Courses, and Government training initiatives such as Skills for Life & Work, and Apprenticeships NI.

Rutledge Training is contracted by the Department for the Economy to deliver the ApprenticeshipsNI Programme throughout Northern Ireland. This programme is a valuable asset for various businesses, including the hospitality sector, providing a pathway to tap into emerging talent. By engaging with us, you can empower your workforce with the practical skills and qualifications crucial for your organisation's present and future needs. The result is a dedicated and motivated team, tailor-trained to meet your specific business requirements. Our partnering employers have reported experiencing growth and enhanced productivity through the employment of apprentices, contributing significantly to the skills landscape of the Northern Ireland economy.


Here are the key benefits:

  • The Department for the Economy (DfE) covers the full costs of the directed (off-the-job) training element of the apprenticeship;
  • Employers are eligible for an Incentive Payment of £500 when their apprentice successfully completes all targeted qualifications on their apprenticeship framework;
  • The DfE-funded training, coupled with a reduced National Minimum Wage rate for apprentices, makes employing an apprentice more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff. Additionally, apprentices can be trained from the outset to adopt methods tailored to your business;
  • Enjoy increased enthusiasm, motivation, and loyalty from apprentices who have actively chosen this career path;
  • The blend of on-the-job and off-the-job training ensures apprentices benefit from experienced staff familiar with your business, while also learning new skills and techniques from qualified trainers. This investment in staff development leads to heightened productivity, enhanced competitiveness, and a proficient workforce;
  • Apprentices can fill skills gaps by acquiring specialist skills tailored to your business needs, keeping you updated on the latest technologies;
  • Beyond hiring new employees, you can upskill your existing workforce through the ApprenticeshipsNI Programme.


  • Promote apprenticeship opportunities effortlessly through our Recruitment Agency.
  • We can advertise your apprenticeship vacancy online, draft tailored ads on your behalf, and provide this service at no cost to you as the Employer.

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