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Belfast Met urges IT firms to recruit apprentices

By Staff Reporter

Published 07/09/2015

From left, Fujitsu apprentices Adam Moran, Brandon Evans, Eamon ONeill and Liam Hegarty
From left, Fujitsu apprentices Adam Moran, Brandon Evans, Eamon ONeill and Liam Hegarty

Belfast Met is calling on IT firms in Northern Ireland to help recruit the college's new intake of higher level apprentices.

Firms specialising in software engineering or computing infrastructure are invited to recruit apprentices who are training towards a foundation degree at Belfast Met - or even a Level 6 qualification.

Jonathan Heggarty, director of curriculum, said: "The new ICT higher level apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for individuals to gain industry focused skills while 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."

Michael Beattie, operations manager at Fujitsu, said: "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."

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