New IT and engineering scholarships up for grabs
A tranche of 20 employer-based scholarships have been launched in a bid to get a larger number of young people into computing and engineering.
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry announced the scholarships as part of the second phase of the Computing and Engineering Scholarship Programme (CESP).
The scheme offers 10 places in the computing sector and 10 places in engineering.
The four-year apprenticeships will be available next year for undergraduate students at Queen's and Ulster University studying in relevant fields.
"I am delighted to be able to offer a further 20 employer-led scholarships working with employers in the computing and engineering sector," Dr Farry said.
"It is imperative we continue to encourage young people to study subjects in science, technology, mathematics and engineering, and the CESP is one of the initiatives developed to encourage students into these areas.
"I want to create partnerships between my department and employers to drive forward the growth of our economy."
The CESP programme was originally launched in autumn 2014 and involved 13 businesses offering 15 scholarships.