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Belfast Met Launches ICT Higher Level Apprenticeship Programme

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Belfast Met commences its pilot ICT Higher Level Apprenticeship programmes for aspiring ICT professionals in September. The apprenticeship requires an ICT employer specialising in software engineering and or computing infrastructure that will recruit, develop and upskill the apprentices as they train towards a foundation degree qualification at Belfast Met or potentially a Level 6 qualification.  

These programmes have been designed to provide the ICT sector in Northern Ireland with employees who have the right industry practical and theory skills developed through Higher Education qualifications in Software Engineering and Computing Infrastructure. 

Jonathan Heggarty Director of Curriculum stated – 
“The new ICT Higher Level Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for individuals to gain industry focussed skills whilst working within the exciting and dynamic ICT sector. From an employer’s perspective, Higher Level Apprenticeships offer an additional channel through which they can recruit and develop talent which is essential to their organisations.” 
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, said: 

“I am committed to growing and developing apprenticeships in Northern Ireland – creating gold standard provision as part of the new skills landscape that will benefit both young people and our economy. 

“The benefits of apprenticeships are well documented with apprentices able to earn while they learn, develop and practice skills in the work environment and enhance their future career prospects.

“The development of this and other Higher Level Apprenticeships in priority skills areas are vital for the future success of the Northern Ireland economy. I am committed to the roll out these quality qualifications and later this year they will be available up to Degree and PhD level as we continue to deliver the skills needs of our economy.”

If you are an employer and would like more information please contact Susan McCambridge at or 028 90 265065.

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