Work+ creates 70 apprenticeships in Northern Ireland

The region's civil engineering apprenticeship scheme has 32 employers taking part.

Karen Pollock, Noel Lavery, Richard Kirk, Jenny Green, Membership Development Officer, ICE and Robert Magill.
Karen Pollock, Noel Lavery, Richard Kirk, Jenny Green, Membership Development Officer, ICE and Robert Magill.

Up to 70 people have the chance to become apprentice civil engineers in 2019 thanks to Work+, Northern Ireland’s civil engineering apprenticeship scheme.

Now in its fourth year with around 100 existing apprentices, Work+ has been jointly developed to meet the growing demand for civil engineers identified in the Department for the Economy (DfE) Skills Barometer.

Work+ is a partnership approach between 32 employers, ICE, DfE, all six FE colleges across Northern Ireland, and Ulster University.

Noel Lavery, Permanent Secretary at the Department for the Economy, said:

“Delivered through the Department’s Apprenticeships NI programme, Work+ has enjoyed continued growth and success since it was launched back in 2016, with a year-on-year increase of the number of employers and apprentices on board.

"The scheme enables apprentices to earn as they learn from the age of 16, gaining invaluable industry experience and provides a direct progression pathway to higher levels of professional and technical work.”

“Apprenticeships keep our economy competitive by upskilling our population and getting the right people into the right sectors – the scheme benefits apprentices, employers and wider industry," said Richard Kirk, ICE NI Regional Director.

"We encourage anyone interested in STEM to apply, as you will be able to earn from your first day, gain professional qualifications and take your first step into a rewarding career.”

Testimonials

Current Work+ apprentices Karen Pollock, AECOM, and Robert Magill, Atkins, shared their views on the apprenticeship programme.

Both are currently studying for a Foundation Degree at Belfast Met. Magill, who began his apprenticeship back in 2016, has already progressed from Level 3 to a Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA).

“My experience with Work+ is a positive one, full of opportunities and challenges which are allowing me to thrive as an apprentice," said Karen Pollock.

“Among the many benefits of being an apprentice, such as gaining hands-on experience through every-day work that cannot be given during university, I find that the best thing about being an apprentice is having the balance of study and work," added Magill.

For those wishing to apply, more information is available at: ice.org.uk/workplus

Applications close 19 March 2019.

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