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Paid Apprenticeships with Errigal Contracts and NWRC

Young people aged between 17 and 25 have been invited to a special event on June 6 at North West Regional College’s (NWRC) Greystone Campus, where they can find out more about applying for an Apprenticeship with an international company.

Errigal Contracts, in partnership with NWRC, is offering two-year Apprenticeship opportunities in a number of skills areas.

During the two-year programme, students will learn skills in college to achieve a City & Guilds Award; work with top professionals on jobs across the UK and Ireland, and earn top apprenticeships wages.

Errigal’s Training and personnel manager Ciara King said: “We are delighted to be partnering with North West Regional College for the delivery of this apprenticeship in Drylining.

“Errigal Contracts is a market leader in this field and we have 16 places available on the apprenticeship which will commence in September this year in NWRC Greystone campus. “The two-year apprenticeship offers young people a fantastic opportunity to “earn while you learn”, gain work experience on some of our large-scale commercial projects across the UK and the Island of Ireland and secure full time employment with our company.

“We would hope that many of our apprentices will progress to management positions within the company and we will provide the necessary training for them to achieve this.”

John Cartin, Deputy Head of Training and Skills at NWRC said: “Skills shortage across the construction industry is now beginning to hit hard with the current boom in building across the UK and Ireland.

“During the downturn the numbers of young people entering construction plummeted leaving a missed generation and aging workforce. This has left companies such as Errigal Contracts with the dilemma of large order books outweighing the skilled workforce available to deliver.

“Forward thinking companies such as Errigal have recognised this gap and have been proactive in creating Training Academies of their own, plus developing this further with partnerships such as that starting in September 2017 with NWRC.

 “The partnership will deliver a Level 2 Apprenticeship programme that offers fulltime employment, qualifications and the opportunity to progress into site management.

“All this while earning top apprentice wages, having all tools supplied plus continuous H&S training that keeps employees safe at work.

 “The investment by the company in each trainee is in the region of £30,000.00 over a two year apprenticeship programme, the company see this investment as money well spent having a skilled, qualified and safe  team moving forward into the 21st century. “

A recruitment and information event will be held at NWRC’s Greystone Campus on Tuesday, June 6 from 7 – 9 p.m.

During the event, there will be details on the apprenticeship programmes, practical demonstrations and details on how to apply.

All are welcome.

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