Farry meets Norbrook’s Newry apprentices

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015
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Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has met apprentices on the new Higher Level Apprenticeship in Applied Industrial Science (Chemical Science) at Norbrook Laboratories Ltd in Newry.

Dr Stephen Farry met apprentices at Norbrook, Newry. Pictured is Jill Sanders from Portadown, Brian Doran, Southern Regional College and Dr Lillian Cromie, Norbrook

Thirteen apprentices commenced the programme in January and are employed by Norbrook through the two year Apprenticeship programme which is equivalent to a Foundation Degree. The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Applied Industrial Science (Chemical Science) is offered by Southern Regional College and Norbrook. Speaking from the Norbrook facility where the Minister met with Norbrook management and the new apprentices, Dr Farry said, “The delivery of gold standard higher level apprenticeships, such as these, will form a key part of the new skills landscape. “The new model for apprenticeships will put employers in the driving seat by aligning with their needs in meeting the growing demand for higher level skills. “This visit provides me with a valuable insight into the pilot Higher Level Apprenticeship in Industrial Science. The development of apprenticeships in priority skills areas such as pharmaceutical and life sciences is vital for the future success of the Northern Ireland economy. “The work that the Southern Regional College is currently undertaking with Norbrook Laboratories is an example of how our Further Education colleges can work in partnership with local business and industry. He added, “The development of science related apprenticeships is important for the future of our young people and for the local economy.” The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Applied Industrial Science consists of four days working in Norbrook and one day off the job training at Southern Regional College, giving participants the opportunity to earn while they learn. For further information on apprenticeships visit: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/apprenticeships.htm.
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