The ICE and Northern Ireland’s Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) have developed a new apprenticeship programme in collaboration with further education colleges and industry partners.
The scheme will be Northern Ireland-wide, with full participation from all further education colleges. Twelve employers have already committed to support it.
The initiative is in response to growing demand for civil engineers in Northern Ireland.
ICE Northern Ireland regional director Richard Kirk said: “Several local companies are working on international projects, and their success has created a demand for the services of Northern Ireland’s highly skilled workers. By pursuing this new apprenticeship, our young people will have the opportunity to have a salary, no educational debt and a direct path to higher levels of professional and technical work.”
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“The scheme was born out of our collective push for apprenticeships and our efforts to attract a variety of young people to civil engineering. It aims to widen participation and to offer students a clear avenue to a career, allowing them to earn as they learn from the age of 16,” he added.
Employment and Learning minister Stephen Farry, welcomed the creation of this new apprenticeships. “The new strategy for apprenticeships in Northern Ireland includes a commitment to introduce apprenticeships across a wide range of professional and technical occupations,” he said.
“Apprenticeships will play a vital role in ensuring that we have a skilled, modern and dynamic workforce to drive our economy forward.”
“The new civil engineering apprenticeship demonstrates the effective partnership approach. It puts employers firmly in the driving seat working closely with the Further Education colleges to create this apprenticeship and ensures the apprentices gain the qualifications, experience and broader transferable skills they need for long-term progression.”