Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Apprentice loving life at car parts company Montupet

By Staff Reporter

Published 17/03/2016

Ken McKinstry, SERC curriculum leader, Ashley Johnston and Jim Hegarty, Montupet training manager
Ken McKinstry, SERC curriculum leader, Ashley Johnston and Jim Hegarty, Montupet training manager

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.

Belfast Telegraph

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph