15/08/2012

ICT Apprenticeship Scheme Launches

Employment and Learning Minister, Dr. Stephen Farry and Finance and Personnel Minister, Sammy Wilson, today launched an ICT Apprenticeship Scheme to recruit individuals into this growing and exciting sector.

The scheme, involving government and a number of local ICT employers, will see over 30 individuals recruited as apprentices and taking up various software development and IT infrastructure roles in both the public and private sector.

Minister Farry said: "The ICT sector is of critical importance to the growth of the Northern Ireland economy and to achieving the aims set out in the Northern Ireland Economic Strategy. If we are to realise the ICT sector's full potential, it is clear that more needs to be done to improve the match between the skills of those people in the workforce and the skills our employers need to help our companies grow.

"The individuals who are successful in being recruited as ICT Apprentices on this scheme will be given the opportunity to develop skills, achieve qualifications and enhance their career prospects while helping employers develop their business and raise the prosperity of Northern Ireland. The recent launch of the ICT Action Plan and the creation of this collaborative scheme indicate how committed government, local employers and education and training providers are to working together to support the growth of the local ICT sector."

(CD/GK)


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