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Northern Ireland chairman’s push for apprentices

Apprenticeships are more than an award, they are the start of a path to a professional career, ICE Northern Ireland chairman Kevin McShane told employment and learning minister Stephen Farry last week.

McShane was speaking at a meeting with Farry which was also attended by ICE Northern Ireland committee member David McCune and ICE­ ­technician member Ben Adair.

It followed the publication of the Department for Employment and Learning’s consultation on how to best shape the future of apprenticeships in Northern Ireland.

The consultation is part of an effort to ensure that apprenticeships play a major role in meeting the changing needs of the economy.

Consultation feedback will the department produce a revitilised apprenticeship model for Northern Ireland, due to be published in the summer.

ICE Northern Ireland is responding to the consultation and has asked members to share views and expertise to help inform its response.

“The ICE can play a key role in embedding apprenticeships into our profession and ensuring they are fit for purpose to help grow our profession,” said McShane.

“We encourage members to share their thoughts on this important consultation, so ICE Northern Ireland can form a response that really captures the views of the membership and provides the department with something that can help shape its future apprenticeship model.”

  • To contribute to the ICE Northern Ireland consultation response, email by Friday 21 February.

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