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Belfast Met to provide training for new Operational Delivery Apprenticeship scheme


Published: 6 August 2021

Belfast Met is delighted to be delivering the training for a new apprenticeship scheme announced by Finance Minister Conor Murphy. This new Operational Delivery Apprenticeship scheme will provide training and the opportunity of employment within the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Speaking as he was joined by both Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey and Economy Minister Gordon Lyons to launch the scheme, Minister Murphy encouraged people to consider applying for a place as the first step to a rewarding career within the Civil Service.

He said: “This scheme is a great way to get involved in customer-facing roles in the Civil Service delivering and supporting essential frontline services.

“You will earn a salary, develop skills and gain a recognised qualification with a guaranteed permanent role within the Civil Service on successful completion of the apprenticeship.

“So if you want to play a part in making a real difference to people’s lives, you are starting out in employment, returning to the workplace or changing your job role, I’d encourage you to consider applying for this Civil Service apprenticeship scheme.”
There are 45 places on the scheme across the NICS, the majority of which will be within the Department for Communities.

Welcoming the scheme, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey, said: “I am delighted to be able to launch the Operational Delivery Apprenticeship Scheme today and I am very proud that my own department will play a key role in providing these opportunities for apprentices to begin a career in the civil service.

“Operational Delivery staff deliver essential services and advice to people every day and they play a vital role ensuring that people get access to the services they need.”

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons, whose Department takes lead responsibility for the policy on apprenticeships, said: “I very much welcome the launch of this Civil Service apprenticeship scheme. Apprenticeship schemes such as this provide a way to grow skills and support opportunities for new employment and re-training within the wider public sector.
“The provision of apprenticeships across all sectors and ages is key to economic recovery as they provide individuals, who are most likely to be impacted by recession, with employment and opportunity, whilst also equipping them with the skills business require to increase productivity and rebuild our economy.

“My Department’s Economic Recovery Action Plan recognises that skills are a key driver of economic growth and provide a powerful tool to promote individual opportunity and social inclusion. This is especially true for apprenticeships that will meet specific skills needs and provide a route into many careers across the economy.”

Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive at Belfast Met, confirmed: “We are delighted to be the Further Education partner delivering the training for this new Operational Delivery Apprenticeship scheme with the Civil Service which will provide vital employment and valuable career opportunities. We would encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this scheme and look forward to welcoming the first cohort of apprentices to Belfast Met.”

Applications for the scheme is now open at

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