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Airport apprenticeship scheme takes off at airport

Published: 09 December 2013

Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry visited apprentices participating on the Airport Apprenticeship Scheme at Belfast International Airport.

The scheme offers individuals the opportunity to follow apprenticeships in aviation operations within the airport’s fire and rescue service and electrical engineering maintenance. The Engineering Maintenance apprenticeships are funded
through the Department for Employment and Learning’s ApprenticeshipsNI and the Aviation Operations apprenticeships are funded by Belfast International Airport.

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: I commend Belfast International Airport’s Apprenticeship Scheme which has created opportunities for young people in key sectors such as engineering. This innovative scheme is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to enter the aviation industry by equipping participants with the appropriate skills and qualifications which will enhance their career prospects while assisting the airport develop its workforce.

My Department is currently finalising a review of apprenticeships and youth training and I want to ensure that apprenticeships are at the right level to meet the needs of businesses for a highly skilled workforce; provide opportunities for young people to progress to the very top in their chosen career; and that we secure a sufficient supply of apprentices, especially in the
key sectors of the economy.

Jaclyn Coulter, Human Resources Manager for Belfast International Airport said: “I am delighted, that the airport is launching our apprenticeship in aviation operations and engineering maintenance which demonstrates our commitment to learning and development in this sector. The apprenticeships will provide a unique opportunity to undertake nationally recognised qualifications and workplace training whilst working in a dynamic and exciting aviation environment.

Employment and Learning Minister pictured with Belfast International Airport Fire Fighting Apprentices David McMahon and Aaron McAuley and Engineering Apprentices Ryan Hobday and Mark Jackson at Belfast International Airport. Chief Fire Officer Mark Bothwell,Jaclyn Coulter, HR Manager and Norman Lindsay, Engineering Supervisor are also pictured

For further information on ApprenticeshipsNI visit NI Directexternal link

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