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Apprentice of the Year Awards 2016

Belfast Met students David Irvine and Cara Hadden were shortlisted for this year’s Apprentice of the Year Awards. This is a great achievement for both students coming through a competitive application process to be shortlisted as the top apprentices in Northern Ireland. The Apprentice of the Year Awards recognise apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplace. 

The awards ceremony, organised by the Department for Employment and Learning, was held at the Titanic Signature Building, Belfast and was hosted by local radio presenter Pete Snodden. Antrim’s Lauren Gourley and Omagh’s Emmet Lagan won the Apprentice of the Year and Higher Level Apprentice of the Year for 2016, respectively, at the annual Awards. 

Speaking at the event Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: 

“I congratulate Lauren and Emmet on winning their respective Apprentice and Higher Level Apprentice of the Year categories and all the other finalists here today on their achievements. I wish them continued success in their chosen careers. These Awards highlight how Apprenticeships and the new Higher Level Apprenticeships are supporting our local economy by ensuring our workforce is getting the skills needed and valued by local employers.” 

Cara Hadden from the Ormeau Road, Belfast, following a higher level apprenticeship in Accounting at Belfast Metropolitan College. Cara is employed by Goldblatt McGuigan, Belfast. 

David Irvine from Lisburn, following an apprenticeship in IT and Telecoms at Belfast Metropolitan College. David is employed by Fujitsu, Belfast.

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