Belfast Telegraph

Young look into their Futures at airshow

By Clare Weir

Young people in Northern Ireland have been encouraged to consider careers in aerospace following a successful Farnborough International Airshow.

Employment Minister Stephen Farry was speaking at Farnborough's "Futures Day", where groups people aged 11 to 21 from UK schools, universities and youth associations were given an insight into the sector.

Mr Farry was joined by 23 young people from Northern Ireland, including apprentices from Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast and students in the science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects.

"Inspiring young people to be excited about Stem subjects is crucial if we are to boost productivity, increase employment levels and grow our economy." he said.

A Higher Level Apprenticeship in aeronautical engineering is being developed by Belfast Metropolitan College. Aerospace, defence, security and space trade body ADS Northern Ireland wants to double the worth of the industry here to £2bn in the next 10 years.

Belfast Telegraph