Newry firm takes on six new recruits
Northern Ireland fit-out firm MJM has taken on six apprentices who could travel the world as part of their training.
The school leavers will complete training programmes in specialist joinery and furniture production at the firm, based at Carnbane Business Park in Newry.
MJM carries out interior fit-outs and refurbishments for ships and land clients. Customers include cruise giants such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises and P&O Cruises.
Apprentice programme manager John Fisher said: "We have worked on some of the world's largest cruise ships and our work takes us to every corner of the globe.
"For the apprentices who have just joined MJM Group, they have the opportunity to progress through the ranks of the company and join our teams who travel to jobs around the world."
Elizabeth O'Connor, human resource and legal director at MJM Group, said the firm had introduced its apprenticeship programme two years ago "to future-proof our business by ensuring we have a continuous supply of highly skilled craftsmen".
She said: "Our apprenticeship scheme offers an excellent opportunity for young people to earn as they learn and embark on a career path with endless opportunities. Indeed, many of our joiners have come through the company and are holding key roles within management."
The apprentices will work four days a week in MJM's production facility and attend Southern Regional College one day a week. The company, which also owns Mivan, recently reported a 50% increase in pre-tax profits to £7.5m during 2016. Turnover also rose by 4.4% to reach £62m.