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Anne McKiver, a director at KiverCo recycling plant near Coalisland, Co Tyrone, said the new emphasis on apprenticeships as a means of getting someone qualified to doctorate level was a “good idea”

50 Jobs in 50 Days: Prince championed our campaign to create jobs for young 

The Belfast Telegraph's 50 Jobs In 50 Days campaign came to a close on May 1 after receiving the enthusiastic championing of HRH the Duke of York, who launched our campaign in March. It surpassed its target, and succeeded in obtaining pledges to create 60 apprenticeships from companies big and small – from IT firm Fujitsu's pledge to take on nine apprentices to McGreevy Engineering's commitment to take on one young person.

Flower power: Hilary and Jim Rafferty in the garden of their Ballymena home

Not so secret gardens - Need inspiration for Belfast Telegraph gardening competition? 

When it comes to each other's homes and gardens, most people would confess to being a little bit nosey sometimes. As if the popularity of television shows such as Ground Force and Changing Rooms wasn't testimony enough to our desire to create our own ideal personal space, green-fingered enthusiasts in Northern Ireland can often spend a small fortune over a lifetime on sprucing up their lawns and beautifying their begonias.

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