Maritime tech 'once in a lifetime' apprenticeship launched by Artemis Technologies and Belfast Met

  • Photo: Artemis Technologies Director of Manufacturing Simon Locke & Bill McEwan, Lecturer, Aeronautical Engineering at Belfast Met

    Artemis Technologies and Belfast Met have announced a new three-year apprenticeship programme offering a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to play a role in the future of maritime transport.

    It marks a major milestone for the Belfast Maritime Consortium project, led by Artemis Technologies, to create transformative marine technologies and a new range of zero-emission vessels in the city.

    Commencing in September 2021, the Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship will combine classroom tuition with hands-on experience at Artemis Technologies, working alongside its team of global experts.

    The company's CEO, double Olympic sailing gold medallist Dr Iain Percy OBE said: “The Belfast Maritime Consortium is working on some real world firsts and this is an opportunity to get involved at the very cutting edge of developments in advanced manufacturing.

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    “The technology we produce here will make it possible to have fast boats all around the world, not polluting, and that’s a big deal.

    “To make these amazing and novel green technologies, we need real skills and this apprenticeship scheme is all about raising up the next generation of talented engineers and technicians," he added.

    “It is a once in a lifetime chance for the men and women that will take part.”

    “This is an opportunity for local people to develop high level skills in roles such as composites and marine technologies," said Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive at Belfast Met.

    With a focus on sustainability, "the project that the apprentices will be involved in will herald a return of shipbuilding to Belfast which is incredibly exciting," she continued. 

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    Simon Locke, Director of Manufacturing, Artemis Technologies also commented: “Mixing theoretical study at Belfast Met with practical experience at Artemis Technologies, the course will develop a range of skills from composite engineering to high voltage battery systems and electric drives.

    “These are the kind of skills that will be really powerful not only for us and our work with the Belfast Maritime Consortium but also for so many other industries in the future.”

    The Belfast Maritime Consortium brings together a range of established and young firms, academia and public bodies.

    They are working with Artemis Technologies as part of its mission to decarbonise maritime.

    Harnessing knowledge that combines technology from the America’s Cup and Formula 1, the vessels to be developed in Belfast will be powered by the unique Artemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion system.

    To find out more about the apprenticeship scheme and how to apply, visit Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Artemis Technologies or search for ‘Artemis’ on course search function on the Belfast Met website.

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