NI tech leaders get behind apprenticeships at virtual event next month

  • Tech industry leaders from Allstate NI and EY are among those hosting a virtual event next month promoting the future of apprenticeships in tech.

    While many people in current tech roles got there through the usual university routes, the past several years has really shown importance of alternative routes into industry. The companies that have been able to grow new talent most effectively in areas such as cyber-security and data analysis have been leaning heavily into apprenticeship programmes.

    The apprenticeship model has been effective in trades such as plumbing for decades, and it's been gaining growing support in the tech industry in recent years. Through schemes such as Workplus and with training provided by organisations such as Belfast Met, school leavers without tech qualifications have been successfully trained for careers in the industry.

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    Local employers Allstate NI, EY, and Herbert Smith Freehills will host a new virtual event next month expounding the benefits of the model to employers, parents, and educators. The 'Understanding Apprenticeships' event is the third instalment of the 'Your Child, Their Future' series examining routes into industry.

    The free event will take place on February 3rd and will be hosted by former BBC news journalist Sarah Travers. It will feature talks from local industry experts, with key speakers Richard Kirk from the Workplus programme, Maria Curran from Mid Ulster Mega, and Eamonn Brankin from Belfast Met.

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    The event is open to the public and all parents with an interest in their child's future career options are encouraged to attend. The event is intended to be a conversation between local parents and those in industry providing vocational routes into skilled tech industry jobs, not just a recruitment fair.

    Richard Kirk, CEO & Founder of Workplus commented on the event: "Allstate NI, EY and Herbert Smith Freehills have put their brightest heads together to continue the ‘Your Child, Their Future’ series with an event centred on exactly what our workforce needs: talented young people who can shape our organisations for the future. As society begins to emerge from the uncertainty of Covid-19, apprenticeships are good news for everyone involved; employers, young people and the economy."

    Head over to to register your free spot in the webinar.

    Source: Written based on press release

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