Belfast Telegraph

Minister's flying visit with airport's apprentice team

Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has visited apprentices 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 Apprenticeships NI and the aviation operations apprenticeships are funded by the Belfast International Airport.

Mr 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."

For further information on ApprenticeshipsNI visit www. nidirect.gov.uk/apprentice shipsni.

Belfast Telegraph

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