21st Sep 2012
More Apprentices are signed up.
A Mechanical and electrical contractor which signed up to the Belfast Telegraph's recent 100 jobs in 100 days campaign has upped its intake of apprentices.
William Coates in Newtownabbey said it was taking on three youngsters instead of two because of the high quality of applicants for the posts, which it highlighted during the Belfast Telegraph's successful campaign.
Managing director Michael Dowds said the new arrivals had already started training with the Electrical Training Trust and would start work with the firm shortly.
Mr Dowds said: "Due to the high standard of applicants, we have decided to employ three apprentices this year rather than the two previously stated." The company is continuing its focus on the market for its services in England.
On the fast track with Ferrari
An 18 year old man from Newtownabbey has been chosen out of 100 school leavers to become a Ferrari apprentice.
Jack McIlory, a former pupil of St Patrick's College in north Belfast, will join 12 other successful applicants from across the UK to begin training at Ferrari North Europe's head office in London.
He will then complete his apprenticeship at motor dealership Charles Hurst, Belfast, the only official Ferrari dealer in Ireland.
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry congratulated Mr McIlory, adding: “Ferrari is one of the world's most prestigious vehicle manufacturers and is committed to developing young people.
"Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to develop specialist skills, giving you the chance to earn while you learn and gain qualifications that are recognised across the world."
Building scheme to train workers
The Department for Employment and Learning, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI and the Joint Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industry have launched a scheme to train 500 unqualified building workers to NVQ level 2.
CITB said the 'qualifying the existing workforce' programme would help increase productivity and meet the skills challenge facing the industry.
Barry Neilson, chief executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, said: “ It is essential that we identify and address the skills and training needs of the workforce necessary for the long term future of the sector.
"Approximately 9,000 people currently working in the sector are not qualified to the appropriate standard and this project addresses the skills levels required for the industry now and in the future.”