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Belfast Met Puts Is Calling On “Forward Thinking Employers” In The ICT Industry To “Get In Touch”

Apprenticeship scheme looking for companies who want to develop industry skills

BELFAST Met is seeking forward thinking employers in the ICT industry to recruit the College’s new ICT Higher Level Apprentices.

The college has put the call out for companies who are passionate about developing the skills of the future of Northern Ireland’s IT industry.

Belfast Met commences its pilot ICT Higher Level Apprenticeship programmes for aspiring ICT professionals this month.

The apprenticeship requires an ICT employer specialising in software engineering and or computing infrastructure that will recruit, develop and upskill the apprentices as they train towards a foundation degree qualification at Belfast Met or potentially a Level 6 qualification.

Fujitsu apprentices Adam Moran; Brandon Evans; Eamon O’Neill and Liam Hegarty

Fujitsu apprentices Adam Moran; Brandon Evans; Eamon O’Neill and Liam Hegarty

These programmes have been designed to provide the ICT sector in Northern Ireland with employees who have the right industry practical and theory skills developed through Higher Education qualifications in Software Engineering and Computing Infrastructure.

Dr Jonathan Heggarty Belfast Met

Dr Jonathan Heggarty Belfast Met

Jonathan Heggarty Director of Curriculum said: “The new ICT Higher Level Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for individuals to gain industry focussed skills whilst working within the exciting and dynamic ICT sector. From an employer’s perspective, Higher Level Apprenticeships offer an additional channel through which they can recruit and develop talent which is essential to their organisations.”

Speaking about the value of apprenticeships, Michael Beattie, Operations Manager at Fujitsu added: “Fujitsu has long been a supporter of apprenticeship schemes and believes they are a valuable way to build the skills of a dynamic workforce which is engaged, motivated and enabled to maximise its potential.

“For employers, the key to getting the most out of apprenticeship schemes – both for businesses and learners – is to be closely involved with the curriculum that apprentices study to ensure they acquire the most industry relevant and up-to-date skills.

“Belfast Met’s approach to theoretical training goes hand-in-hand with how Fujitsu implements practical work, guaranteeing that apprenticeships gain practical experience while acquiring essential skills.”

If you are an employer and would like more information contact Susan McCambridge at smccambridge@belfastmet.ac.uk or 028 90 265065.

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