Businesses sign up for IT skills scheme
Nine firms from Mid Ulster, the north west and north Antrim have joined forces to address a shortage of IT skills.
The businesses collaborated with Northern Regional College for the Career Encode 'Earn As You Learn' apprenticeship initiative in computing.
Over 85 school-leavers applied, with 10 apprenticeships now set to begin as early as next month.
The nine participating firms included Specialist Joinery Group in Maghera and well as CDE Global and Mallon Technology in Cookstown.
Another nine companies are now being sought for the next phase of the programme.
Camilla Long of Bespoke Communications said response to the first phase had been "phenomenal".