Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph campaign to find trainees hits target total

By Lesley Houston

WITH 12 days to go, the Belfast Telegraph's target to encourage companies to recruit 60 apprentices in 50 days campaign has been reached.

A fencing company which provided the Lyric Theatre's perimeter for its May 2011 re-opening is seeking two young people to join its expanding firm in Rostrevor, Co Down.

Clerk Fencing is now actively on the hunt for one welder/fabricator and one powder coating/painting operative to join its operation, which currently employs around 23 people.

Established in 1986 as Clerk Engineering Ltd by Rostrevor man Frank Clerk, the name was changed to its current one in 2007 as the firm came to concentrate more and more on the fencing sector, for both large commercial projects and the household market.

Clerk Fencing's commercial manager Darren James yesterday launched the appeal for two new apprentices, being offered to either school leavers or those already enrolled in further education courses.

One welder/fabricator is being sourced to join the current fabrication manager, while the other operative will join the coating department.

Both posts being offered to young men and women, with the move marking the first apprenticeships to be offered by the company.

Mr James said: "We would prefer it if they were already doing some sort of academic qualification alongside the on-the-job training.

"For example the welder would work alongside the fabrication manager and learn the trade from the bottom up to supplement the expansion and even deputise for the manager eventually.

"We are looking for two people to start as soon as possible really as the vacancies are there," he said.

Other Clerk's customers include Bombardier and the Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre at Airport Road.


Total number of apprentices taken on by local businesses during the recruitment drive

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