50 apprenticeships announced as part of NI Covid recovery

  • Belfast-based business Workplus has announced 50 apprenticeship opportunities with 40 companies for 2021.

    The apprenticeships cover a variety of roles across multiple sectors including civil engineering, quantity surveying, IT and administration.

    AECOM, Farrans, Greiner, Liberty IT and Tobermore are amongst some of the firms offering apprenticeships.

    Workplus aims to help employers find apprentices easily, by providing a single place for applicants to apply, as along with a simple selection process for the employer.

    Part of this employer demand has come through the Department for Economy’s Apprenticeship Challenge Fund, which launched in September 2020, enabled a collaboration between Workplus and Manufacturing NI.

    This collaboration will support the creation of further apprenticeship opportunities in the manufacturing sector.

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    Jim Wilkinson, Director of Apprenticeships, Careers and Vocational Education at the Department for the Economy said: “Apprentices have undoubtedly been affected by the current Covid 19 pandemic, but they remain a critical component of our economic recovery. 

    “Today’s announcement by Workplus is an indication that the Department’s package of interventions to minimise apprenticeship job losses, maintain and grow the supply of apprenticeship opportunities and support apprentices who have been displaced and lost their apprenticeship are working.”

    Workplus Director, Richard Kirk added that the new opportunities “reflect a confidence going forward into 2021, and give school leavers and those wishing to retrain hope that there are jobs and new opportunities available which combine earning and learning.”

    He added: “Workplus exists to bring together employers and apprentices on one platform and simplify the application and appointment process. Apprenticeships are the purest form of collaboration between employers, government and education providers and, I believe, will be integral to our economic recovery from the impact of the pandemic.” 

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    Applications open on Monday 18 January and close at the end of February. Details can be found at Workplus.app

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