Belfast Met Apprenticeships: Now is the Time to Invest in Future Skills

Living in these challenging times it is important now more than ever that we continue to support the development of the Northern Ireland skills pipeline, to support the needs of both employers and our economy, whilst also providing valuable employment for our young people.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are continually evolving as industry changes and have seen a marked increase in recent years in other sectors such as IT and Business, in addition to the more traditional apprenticeships.

Employers have a pivotal role to play in supporting apprenticeships, so it makes good sense to recruit young people to create new apprenticeship opportunities that will enhance their workforce and deliver both economic and social impact. Employers can develop their skills and talent and develop innovative workforce development by supporting young people through tailored and fully funded apprenticeship solutions.

Martina Quinn, Learning and Development Lead, Concentrix, confirmed, “Belfast Met provides a fantastic, flexible structure which really works for us and our staff.  Their efficient and supportive approach ensures each apprentice gets what they need both theoretically and practically.”

Belfast Met’s Centre for Skills & Apprenticeships are fully committed to supporting employers to provide training and apprenticeship opportunities for young people across Northern Ireland. Amidst the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the College has further developed online blended learning solutions to ensure the continuity of the training and apprenticeship provision. Belfast Met also continues to work collaboratively with employers at a national, regional and local level to create new apprenticeship opportunities that are helping young people develop the skills and attributes they need to be successful in the world of work.

Emma Morrison, Sales and Engagements Executive Officer, Centre for Skills and Apprenticeships, Belfast Met, said, “It has never been more important to look ahead and plan for the future and the Centre for Skills and Apprenticeships at Belfast Met has implemented new and flexible ways of working that support our employer partners during the current pandemic and beyond.  The development of innovative programme offerings creates apprenticeship programmes for employers to consider. The financial incentives provided recently by the Department of Economy means now is the best time to invest in apprenticeships and to start preparing for your business's future skills requirements.”

Contact a member of the Belfast Met team, apprenticeships@belfastmet.ac.uk  or employerengagement@belfastmet.ac.uk

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Pictured: Emma Morrison, Sales and Engagements Executive Officer, Centre for Skills and Apprenticeships, Belfast Met.