Training and development solutions for individuals

Rutledge is a proven leader in providing flexible, exciting and dynamic solutions to meet your needs. Our professional trainers who are experts in their sector, bring a wealth of hands on industry experience to guide and support you in developing your vocational skills.

Quality training courses... Our leading training courses are independently recognised and approved by professional institutions and accrediting bodies.

With 100+ training courses, run in locations throughout Northern Ireland, Rutledge trains thousands of people each year. 98%* of students say that given the opportunity they would like to attend another Rutledge training course.

Courses available through the Training For Success and ApprenticeshipsNI programmes will be funded by the Department for the Economy (DfE) (eligibility criteria applies). If you are not eligible for DfE funded programmes, you can pay privately.


Training for Success is all about giving you the tools and the confidence to find work. It focuses on the extra learning you may need to gain sustainable employment.


Training for Success is designed for young people aged 16 - 17 (up to 24 years for those requiring additional support).


The programme guarantees training up to 104 weeks (156 weeks for those with a disability) to help you gain the recognised skills and qualifications to help you progress in your chosen career.

Training for Success is delivered across four strands:

Skills for your Life will help you address personal and development needs and gain skills and vocationally related qualifications you need to get a job or progress to higher level education or training.

Skills for Work Level 1 and 2 will help you gain skills and vocationally related qualifications to be able to gain employment or progress to the next level of training provision or to further education.

Skills for Work Level 3 will help you work towards the achievement of level 3 qualifications. This level is aimed at those who have gained a level 2 qualification through Training for Success, but have not yet secured paid employment and who still possess training entitlement.


If you go into training through Training for Success you will automatically qualify for a non means tested Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £40 per week. If your parent(s)/guardian(s) receive Income Support, means tested Job Seeker's Allowance or Housing Benefit, that benefit will not be affected by the EMA. In addition you will receive Participant Bonuses at various stages of your training from Rutledge. Travel, lodging and childcare allowances may be paid depending on individual circumstances.


  • Business and Administration

  • Care

  • Construction

  • Hair / Beauty

  • Information Technology

  • Sales / Retail

  • Warehousing

  • Engineering

The ApprenticeshipsNI programme offers training, across a wide range of apprenticeships, to 16 year olds and over. Terms and conditions apply if you are 25 years and over.



As an apprentice you will be a new or existing employee, in a Northern Ireland based company, working with experienced staff to learn and develop your skills. An apprentice also receives ‘off-the-job’ training, on a day-release basis with Rutledge, to work towards achieving vocational qualifications and Essential Skills qualifications (Literacy, Numeracy and ICT).



To take part in the ApprenticeshipsNI programme you need to:

  • be the minimum school leaving age in Northern Ireland (16 years)

  • be employed or be about to take up paid employment as an apprentice with a Northern Ireland based company

  • be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week

  • meet the entry requirements of your chosen apprenticeship

If you are 25 years and over, there are restrictions on the type of apprenticeship with funding available.



There are many benefits for you and your employer when you take part in an apprenticeship:

  • you earn while you learn

  • you work alongside experienced staff

  • you receive off-the-job training specific to your apprenticeship

  • you gain qualifications



Your employer will pay you just as they would any other employee. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum amount that workers in the UK are entitled to be paid.



  • Business and Administration

  • Care

  • Construction

  • Hair / Beauty

  • Information Technology

  • Leadership & Management

  • Sales / Retail

  • Warehousing

  • Engineering




Steps 2 Success is the Department for Communities (DfC) main adult employment programme. The aim of the new programme is to help eligible benefit recipients to find and sustain work.

Rutledge is delighted to have been selected as a partner of Reed in Partnership who are the lead contractor to deliver Northern Ireland's Steps 2 Success programme in the South Employment Service Region. Rutledge offer Steps 2 Success in Fermanagh, Armagh, Lurgan and Portadown.

Our Approach to delivery

Dedicated and Specialist Employment Advisors

Each participant receives one-to-one advice and guidance from a dedicated Advisor. We have specialised Advisors to support young people and participants with an identified health condition.

Better off Calculations

We support each participant to understand how their finances could be affected by employment, including working tax credits, housing etc.

Training and Skills

Our in-house training supplies participants with a number of courses and skills:

  • The Journey: employability support including CVs, job applications and work culture
  • Sector and employer-specific skills: courses in retail, business admin, call centre, etc. and courses bespoke to employers.
Call off provision

At times, a participant may need extra support. Our catalogue of local provision details external referral options for these participants, such as debt advice or housing support.

Access to vacancies

We have a team of experienced Recruitment Managers working with local employers to plan and prepare for future recruitment and skills needs. We work closely with employers to ensure our participants have what employers want.

Self employment

We deliver specialist self employment advice to participants, including business plans, access to start-up funding and marketing.

Sustained employment

Our focus is on supporting participants along career paths that will lead to long-term employment. We aim to break the cycle of short term work and benefits by ensuring we support participants to overcome their barriers to work and to find suitable and secure jobs.

For further information on Steps 2 Success and how it can help you please Contact Us or email Orla Corrigan

JD Hair Academy offers training and education programmes for the hairdressing industry. Students can train at any of our five academies located in Belfast, Coleraine, L'Derry, Enniskillen and Magherafelt. We offer training through Training for Success and ApprenticeshipsNI or participants can pay privately for their training. We also offer Assessor Awards for any occupationally competent Hairdresser/Barber wishing to transfer into the Hairdressing Training Industry. The Academy is open to the general public and clients can choose to have their hair styled by a supervised Trainee or an experienced Stylist.

For further information please contact your local JD Hair Academy.


JD Hair Academy - Belfast

Downshire House

Downshire Place

Belfast, BT2 7JQ

Tel: (028) 9032 9536


JD Hair Academy - Coleraine

29a New Row

Coleraine, BT52 1AD

Tel: (028) 7035 6710


JD Hair Academy - L'Derry

Northern Counties Building

22 Waterloo Place

L'Derry, BT48 6BU

Tel: (028) 7137 0716


JD Hair Academy - Enniskillen

20 Darling Street

Enniskillen, BT74 7EW

Tel: (028) 6634 0462


JD Hair Academy - Magherafelt

11a Meeting Street

Magherafelt, BT45 6BN

Tel: (028) 7963 1057 

JD Joinery Academy offers training and education programmes within the wood occupations industry. Students can train at our two academies located in Toome and L'Derry. We offer programmes through Training for Success and ApprenticeshipsNI or participants can pay privately for their training. We also offer Assessor Awards for any occupationally competent Joiner wishing to transfer into the Joinery Training Industry.

For further information please contact your local Rutledge branch. 



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Head of Training

Pat Donnelly

Tel No. 02825 631800 



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