ICT Apprenticeship scheme offers exciting opportunities in a growing sector

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry has launched the fourth cohort of the ICT Apprenticeship Scheme to provide opportunities to enter this growing and exciting sector. ICT Apprenticeship LaunchThe scheme, involving a number of public sector and private sector organisations, will recruit apprentices to take up various software development and IT infrastructure roles. Approximately fifty places will be available. Minister Farry explained to Newry Times, “I am committed to growing and developing apprenticeship provision in Northern Ireland, creating gold standard provision that will benefit both young people and our economy. “The benefits of apprenticeships are well documented with apprentices able to earn while they learn, develop and practice skills in the work environment and enhance their future career prospects. “Developing the skills of our current and future workforce will be essential if we are to continue to grow the ICT sector and ultimately achieve our economic aspirations. Information and Communication Technology is the driving force of a globally competitive economy, underpinning innovation, competitiveness and long term prosperity.” The programme will provide successful applicants with employment in various infrastructure or software development roles in one of the participating companies. The participating companies will also invest in the training of successful applicants to enable them to gain a level 3 qualification with the possibility of achieving further qualifications. Minister Farry added, “Building on the success of similar schemes I believe this offers industry an important alternative pathway to recruit passionate and talented individuals into the local ICT sector. “Those who are successful will be given the opportunity to develop skills, achieve qualifications and enhance their career prospects while helping employers develop their business and grow the Northern Ireland economy.” The Public/Private ICT Apprenticeship scheme was launched in August 2012. The programme has proved extremely successful, with 100 apprentices employed in the local ICT industry across a number of private sector companies and the public sector. Further details can be found by clicking HERE and all applications must be received before 5:00pm on Friday 9th October 2015.

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