SERC welcomes extension to the Apprenticeship Recovery Package

APPRENTICE: Daniel Capes (17) from Bangor is a Level 2 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprentice with SERC employed by AirCon who was furloughed during lockdown before returning to work.

SERC is delighted that the Department for the Economy’s Apprenticeship Recovery Package has been extended to run until the end of March 2022.

The Apprenticeship Recovery Package – which had been due to end on March 31 – channels financial support to local businesses to encourage the employment and retention of apprentices as a vital element in the rebuilding of the economy after the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, continuing restrictions meant many employers were unable to take advantage of the support to date and so the scheme has been extended.

SERC’s Chief Training and Contracts Officer, William Greer, welcomed the news: “The extension of the Apprenticeship Recovery Package means that there will be more opportunities for young people to access the apprenticeship route to gain important skills and to join the next generation of professionals.

“In supporting employers to recruit, bring apprentices back from furlough and to retain them, the scheme offers reassurance to these young people after a year of uncertainty and disruption.

“South Eastern Regional College trains and supports around 1,100 apprentices

who choose SERC to gain their apprenticeship qualifications and we partner with 750 employers to offer on-the-job and on campus training in subjects ranging from Accountancy to Childcare, from Catering to Plumbing.”

n Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week, April 26-30, will promote and explore the benefits of apprenticeships for learners and for employers. You can join SERC’s free online events by visiting


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