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Mid Ulster Employers Get Involved in NI Apprenticeship Week

Local businesses and employers recently attended the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown for the first Mid Ulster Employers Apprenticeship event, in conjunction with Northern Ireland Apprenticeship week.

The event was hosted by Mid Ulster Skills Forum, in partnership with Mid Ulster District Council and supported by the Department for the Economy.

The purpose of the event was to improve employer knowledge and awareness of apprenticeships, highlighting the positive impact they can have on individuals, the business and the local economy.

Speaking at the event was Michael Gould from the Department for the Economy, Ruth Moore from local company Sandvik and Colleen O’Boyle from Mallaghan Engineering and winner of the Higher Level Apprentice award 2020, who shared their experience from both the employer and apprentice perspective. Local further education colleges were also there to give advice on how to hire an apprentice through their educational programmes.

Attendees enjoyed a free networking lunch to round off the morning’s event.

Councillor Clement Cuthbertson, Deputy Chair of the Council, highlighted the advantages of apprenticeships to Mid Ulster employers at the event,

A key action identified in the Mid Ulster Skills Action Plan (2018-2021) is increasing the quality and quantity of apprenticeships as a means of addressing the skills gap in local businesses.
By hiring an apprentice, they will start their career path with you and learn directly from your business and employees, gaining the essential skills needed to excel in your business and become a vital and valued member of your workforce.

Chair of Mid Ulster Skills Forum, Alan McKeown said,
“This event has showcased the opportunities that exist for apprenticeships in Mid Ulster.  As the Department for the Economy encourage employers to engage in strategy development, there is an opportunity to develop apprenticeships that encourage young people that there is an alternative career path that can still deliver degree level education whilst working, earning and building a successful career.”

To find out more about the Council’s business support programmes and events visit: https://www.midulstercouncil.org/business.

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