The first 16 apprentices have today started an all-new course in Interior Systems (Dry Lining).
The training programme which is in partnership with South West College is the first accredited course in the South West Region. Apprentices will gain valuable on-the-job experience whilst studying part time for the industry-leading qualification.
The initiative is being delivered through the Department for the Economy’s Apprenticeship NI programme that aims to provide young people with the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’. Apprentices will receive a remuneration package of £30,000 over two years with an attractive long-term salary upon successful completion.
The College is actively recruiting up to 100 apprenticeships over the next number of years and the next recruitment phase will commence immediately for the second intake starting early November. Applications are welcome from 16-23 year olds.
Welcoming the students to their first day at College Cormac McCloskey, Errigal Contracts Director said;
“This is an exciting opportunity for young people to secure a rewarding Apprenticeship with a progressive local company which has global reach. Dry lining is an emerging trade which is experiencing significant growth. This Apprenticeship can be your passport to a successful career in the modern construction industry”.
“Errigal identified a skills gap in the local and global market and partnered with South West College intends to develop this dedicated apprenticeship programme. The development of appropriately skilled apprentices will play an integral in the company’s growth strategy over the next three years.
Ciaran McManus Deputy Head of Department at South West College said;
“Apprenticeships offer a platform to learn on the job and would suit those starting out in their construction career or seeking a change of direction. Our state of the art facilities at the Technology and Skills Centre provide the perfect environment to learn all the skills required to secure a well-paid career in dry lining after graduation.
“This apprenticeship is particularly attractive for prospective students because of the partnership with Errigal Contracts. Errigal is a local company with a global reach. Recent projects include; Adare Manor (Limerick), Bristol Myers Squibb (Dublin), Belfast City Council offices and O2 Arena Hotel & Ballroom (London), and apprentices can expect to work on similar projects across a wide range of locations.”
For further information and/or an application form contact Emma O’Hagan Tel: 02866342309 or email Emma.O’Hagan@swc.ac.uk.