Belfast Telegraph

Businesses sign up for IT skills scheme

Dawid Lysakowski from Limavady (left), who has secured an apprenticeship with Mallon Technology with David McQuillan, director of Mallon Technology, Cookstown and Camilla Long, Career Encode facilitator
Dawid Lysakowski from Limavady (left), who has secured an apprenticeship with Mallon Technology with David McQuillan, director of Mallon Technology, Cookstown and Camilla Long, Career Encode facilitator

By Staff Reporter

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".

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