29/08/2013

Minister Launches New Apprenticeship Programme

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has launched a new apprenticeship programme at Norbrook Laboratories Ltd in Newry.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said: "I commend Norbrook Laboratories for creating opportunities for young people to gain employment in the pharmaceutical industry. In the current economic climate, it is important we continue to invest in the skills training of our young people. My Department is currently carrying out a review of the apprenticeship and youth training programmes and my aim is to build upon and enhance existing strong provision, ensuring that Northern Ireland has a system of apprenticeship and youth training that is the 'gold standard'. The development of apprenticeships in priority skills areas such as pharmaceutical and life sciences is vital for the future success of the Northern Ireland economy.

"The work that the Southern Regional College is currently undertaking with Norbrook Laboratories is an example of how our Further Education colleges can work in partnership with local business and industry. The development of science related apprenticeships is important for the future of our young people and for the local economy. In turn, all of those participating will know that they will be acquiring skills directly relevant to the workplace, to help them gain sustainable employment and progress within their chosen career."

(CD/MH)

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