Apprentices

17th September 2013

Belfast MET Honours Top Apprentices

A UNIQUE new event has celebrated the achievements of Belfast Metropolitan College and employers involved in its delivery of training programmes and apprenticeships. The first-ever Apprenticeship and Training Awards were held in the new e3 building at the Met’s Springvale Campus. Successful students received awards recognising their achievements through ApprenticeshipsNI, Programme Led Apprenticeship (PLA) or...

17th September 2013

Union in apprentices call

As apprenticeships gain ground in the eyes of employers, society must recalibrate its attitude, it was claimed today. The Ulster Teachers’ Union, Northern Ireland’s biggest locally-based teaching union, was responding to a recent government survey which revealed that employers believe people with apprenticeships are more employable. “Whilst it is encouraging to see that employers –...

17th September 2013

Minister Aims To Learn From Swiss Systems

A RECENT ministerial trip to Switzerland could provide inspiration for the future of apprenticeships and youth training in Northern Ireland. The purpose of the two-day skills study visit, linked to the recently announced review into apprenticeships in Northern Ireland, was to examine Swiss best practice, policies and initiatives in vocational and youth training programmes. During...

17th September 2013

NRC campus set to host top construction awards

Northern Regional College, in partnership with CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, will host the cream of Northern Ireland’s construction apprentices and trainees in the Skillbuild NI 2013 national finals this month. Welcoming the news NRC principal and chief executive Trevor Neilands said the college’s Newtownabbey campus offered the competition the most up to date construction facilities. “We are...

17th September 2013

ICT Apprentice Scheme Helps Recruit 32 Workers

More than 30 individuals have been recruited thanks to Belfast Metropolitan College’s Public/Private ICT Apprenticeship Pilot. The scheme, involving government and a number of local ICT employers, has seen 32 individuals recruited as apprentices and taking up various software development and IT infrastructure roles in both the public and private sector. Attending the celebratory event...

17th September 2013

Business Students Get Careers Into Gear

Students from six Belfast schools are honing their business skills in an Apprentice-style challenge with Northern Ireland’s biggest car dealership. Organised by Charles Hurst Group and Business In The Community (BITC), three teams of students have each been awarded a vehicle and £500 to enhance the car’s value with a view to making a profit...

17th September 2013

Scheme helps students boost ICT Skills

Belfast Metropolitan College is celebrating the success of its Public/Private ICT Apprenticeship Pilot. The scheme, involving government and a number of local ICT employers, has seen 32 individuals recruited as apprentices and taking up various software development and IT infrastructure roles in both the public and private sector. Attending the event at the college were...

17th September 2013

Your ticket to become a high flier

THE George Best Belfast City Airport has announced an Apprenticeship Scheme for young people in the greater Belfast area. The ‘George Best Belfast City Airport High Fliers Apprenticeship Scheme’ will offer ten participants the opportunity to gain expertise and skills in a vast range of disciplines including Human Resources, Customer Service, Hospitality, Catering and Retail....

17th September 2013

Youth Training To Come Under Major Review

A MAJOR review of apprenticeships and youth training in Northern Ireland is to take place. The review aims to raise the status in which apprenticeships are held and ensure that young people are provided with opportunities to gain skills, gain experience and secure sustainable employment. This will assist the growth and rebalancing of the economy...

17th September 2013

Search Is On For Apprentice Of The year

THE search for the 2013 Apprentice of the Year has been officially launched. Speaking at the launch of the awards Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry said: “Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to build knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and earn money all at the same time. With well over 11,000 apprentices in...

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