Apprentice loving life at car parts company Montupet
An apprentice at car parts manufacturer Montupet has described how the process is preparing him for life after education.
As National Apprentice Week continues, Ashley Johnston said he was enjoying his higher level apprenticeship in mechatronics engineering.
The course is delivered at South Eastern Regional College, with on-the-job training at Montupet in Dunmurry.
The programme is one of the higher level apprenticeships developed by the Department for Employment and Learning as part of the Northern Ireland Apprenticeships Strategy - Securing Our Success.
"I decided to do an apprenticeship because I am a hands-on type of person," Ashley said.
"The course allows me to work towards a third level qualification while earning a salary.
"But this is more than just a normal course - it teaches you how to apply your skills and prepares you for life after education."
Employment Minister Stephen Farry said apprenticeships could provide a "gold standard" class in skills to benefit young people and the economy.
"The benefits of apprenticeships are well documented, with apprentices able to earn while they learn, develop and practice skills in the work environment and enhance their future career prospects," he added.