A local man is encouraging others to take on an apprenticeship.
John Martin from Coleraine is pursuing a career with Hutchinson Engineering, while completing his Higher Level Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Northern Regional College, Ballymena.
Speaking about the experience so far John said: “I left school with two ‘A’ Levels in Mathematics and Physics a few years ago, and have had a job as well as attending several years at university. I wanted a new challenge and I believed engineering would be a really good fit for me giving my chosen subjects at school. I now realise that I much prefer on the job learning. It is a great way to progress into engineering, and one which I would highly recommend. It is much better than learning from a text book.”
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, said he is committed to growing and developing apprenticeship provision in Northern Ireland.
Richard Hutchinson, Operations Director of Hutchinson Engineering, said: “This year we engaged in the Higher Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. We believe that engaging apprentices are a vital aspect to our business as it brings in a regular stream of young people. We also believe that on the job training will ensure growth in the local economy.”
More information on Higher Level Apprenticeships is available at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/higher-level-apprenticeships or on the NRC website at: http://business.nrc.ac.uk/specialist-areas/higher-level-apprenticeships or by calling 028 7034 0103.