Apprentices

17th September 2013

Scheme Helping Young People

YOUNG unemployed people who have completed the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre Youth Initiative Scheme have been presented with certificates of achievement. The eight week project aims to help 16 to 24-year-olds identify and overcome personal and other barriers in the way of training, further education and employment, such as apprenticeships. Employment Minister Stephen Farry said:...

17th September 2013

Prince’s Trust’s Recruitment

The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland has announced the recruitment of three young people as job ambassadors. They are the first three of 18 to be employed in Northern Ireland in the next three years, and will work to help another 1,800 young people to find work. The Trust launched its Job Ambassador scheme in...

17th September 2013

Growing Apprenticeships

There are currently over 11,000 people undertaking training in NI as part of the apprenticeships programme, figures show. And there are currently more than 100 apprenticeships to chose from which can take between two to four years to complete, depending on the level of study Northern Ireland’s apprenticeships programme is funded by the Department of...

17th September 2013

Upholding Tradition Of Old Fashioned Skills

A unique training programme will help secure the future of Northern Ireland disappearing heritage craft skills. Thanks to the success of the initial Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland project funding has been secured for another in 2013, with places for a further 10 craftspeople. CITB-ConstructionSkills NI developed the Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in...

17th September 2013

Building For A Successful Career

A GROUP of young people has restored a derelict house in west Belfast to achieve NVQ Level 2. Over 70 construction skills apprentices restored the 110-year-old house at 220 Springfield Road. Springvale Learning developed Project 220 after it bought the house for trainees to work on, and in the process learn building skills and gain...

17th September 2013

Apprenticeship Route Is ‘As Tough As A-Levels’

Apprenticeships can be as challenging as multiple A-levels, the assistant chief executive of Belfast Metropolitcan College has said. Justin Edwards, also director of curriculum at BMC, spoke after it emerged that Northern Ireland’s youth unemployment climbed to 22.3% during April to June this year. Mr Edwards said apprenticeship qualifications were “robust and challenging, often equating...

17th September 2013

100 Jobs Campaign Beats Target

A BELFAST Telegraph campaign to encourage firms to take on apprentices has reached its target. 100 jobs in 100 days ran from May 29 to September 5, and in that time secured pledges from 26 companies to take on 108 apprentices. Employment Minister Dr Stephen Farry, whose department has responsibility for apprenticeships, congratulated the newspaper...

17th September 2013

Seven to pit skills against the best of the rest

Northern Ireland apprentices will know next month if they have secured places in the UK Squad for the next WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany, 2013. Seven local young people are already through to the biggest international skills competition in the world. The local representatives so far are: Mark Woods, South West College, wall and floor...

17th September 2013

Seven to pit skills against the best of the rest

Northern Ireland apprentices will know next month if they have secured places in the UK Squad for the next WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany, 2013. Seven local young people are already through to the biggest international skills competition in the world. The local representatives so far are: Mark Woods, South West College, wall and floor...

17th September 2013

New scheme offers 30 people a chance to get on ICT career ladder

A new ICT apprenticeship scheme will offer opportunities for 30 people in software development and IT infrastructure roles in both the public and private sector. The scheme, involving government and a number of local ICT employers, was launched recently by Employment and Learning Minister, Dr. Stephen Farry and Finance and Personnel Minister, Sammy Wilson. Mr...

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