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Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry Minister to 'enhance' youth skills

Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has visited apprentices who are honing their skills at the National Trust's Mount Stewart House in Newtownards.

Callum McCaffrey and James Harper are studying for an NVQ in Carpentry and Joinery at South East Regional College's Newtownards Campus. Minister Farry said: "It is encouraging to see apprentices working on this significant restoration project.

"Existing apprenticeship and youth training schemes have served Northern Ireland businesses well, but the types of economic activity in which they engage and the goods and services they produce are changing rapidly.

"This is why I have initiated reviews of both apprenticeships and the future of youth training in Northern Ireland.

"My vision for these reviews is to build on and enhance our existing provision."

The review of apprenticeship consultation will close on April 7.

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