Belfast Telegraph

IT company offers apprentices earn-as-you-learn programme

By Heather McGarrigle

A Newtownabbey-based IT firm is to take on up to 10 apprentices as part of a scheme it describes as "forming the backbone" of its workforce.

For the third successive year, Northgate Managed Services is offering its 'earn as you learn' programme to school leavers and those bypassing university.

Supported by the Department for Employment and Learning, the Northgate IT Apprenticeship Scheme was launched in Northern Ireland in 2009.

Following its success, the company has extended the scheme across the UK, with apprentices now making up 5% of the workforce.

The 18-month programme allows participants to study for an NVQ and gain experience across a variety of roles and departments within Northgate, with a permanent job offered to those who successfully complete the scheme.

Chief executive Andy Ross said: "I would actively encourage young people - irrespective of their qualifications and training - to consider this as a viable career option.

"Working in the ICT sector can be highly dynamic, stimulating and rewarding."