ICE and Department for the Economy (DfE) have officially launched Work+, an apprenticeship scheme in civil engineering. The apprenticeship, currently offered by 24 employers, will enable apprentices to earn as they learn from the age of 16, provide a path to higher levels of qualification and give invaluable industry experience.
"Civil engineering is an exciting and growing sector, and we want to attract a diverse group of people who will build Northern Ireland's future and provide better quality of life for its communities," said Richard Kirk, Regional Director for ICE NI.
"We are encouraging anyone interested in STEM to apply – you will be able to start on a salary of £10,000 from your first day, work toward a professional qualification, and take your first step into a lifelong career."
Apprentices will attend college on a day release basis for two years while working fulltime for their employer. All six of Northern Ireland's FE colleges are taking part, and participating companies are offering up to 50 apprenticeship places.
Work+ supports the government's Skills Barometer Report, which identified civil engineering as the sector which will have the second highest demand for workers over the next ten years, with greatest demand at Level 3-5.
"Creating high quality jobs that focus on the skills needed to grow and increase the competitiveness of our economy is a key priority for me," said Simon Hamilton, Minister for the Economy.
"This new apprenticeship scheme will allow apprentices to work and gain the qualifications, experience and broader transferable skills they need for long-term progression in education and employment."
Those interested in applying to Work+ may do so on NI Direct. Employers who wish to join the scheme can find more information on NI Business Info.