Employment and Skills Support

Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week

Looking for more information about what an apprenticeship can do for your career or your business?

During the second annual Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week (7-11 February 2022), a number of virtual events will be taking place across Northern Ireland to help give insight and answers to those queries.

Events will be hosted by a range of stakeholders including local councils, employers, Further Education colleges, universities, private training providers and others.

Find out what events will be happening below.

Apprenticeship Week Booklet

Mid & East Antrim Council have been working with Department for the Economy, sector bodies, employers, schools and colleges to coordinate local events for #NIAW2022 (7-11 February) including:

Energy Innovation Challenge

We are inviting young people to become engineers and entrepreneurs to develop ideas that could change our world for the better!

The Energy Innovation Challenge asks you to explore ideas that could improve lives in your community and have the chance to win a 3D printer and other goodies for your school!

Renewable or green energy uses naturally sourced energy found in our environment. It produces no greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and reduces some types of air pollution. Finding cleaner and alternative ways of producing electricity/energy are now looked on as being very important for the future of our planet.

The competition is open to primary and secondary schools in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. (Category 1 is years 4-7). 

The winning school in each category in each council area will win a 3D printer and filament with prizes for the winning pupil and runners-up. There are certificates/digital badges for all entries.

Deadline: 12pm on Tuesday 1 February 2022

Construct Your Future with an Apprenticeship  

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council along with The Construction Industry Training Board (NI), Radius Housing and Northern Regional College will deliver information sessions for Year 12 – 14 pupils at Ballymena Academy.

The sessions will provide an overview of the redevelopment masterplan for the former St Patrick’s Barracks site and highlight the diversity of Apprenticeship NI and Higher Level Apprenticeships within the construction and built environment sector.

My skills, My Life - School session

My Skills, My Life is a tried and tested outreach resource created by WISE to inspire girls to consider a career in STEM.

It is an interactive, online tool that allows girls to find out their personality types and shows them role models with similar personality types working in STEM. The role model case studies include information about pathways and bring the role models to life for the girls. The online platform also includes information about companies and the opportunities they have to offer.

As part of NI Apprenticeship Week (7-11 February 2022), we are offering sessions for My Skills, My Life sessions for all pupils (Year 6 – Year 10) to help identify their skills and potential STEM career pathways.

Each session is hosted by a local STEM ambassador, will last no longer than 60 minutes and will be delivered using ZOOM.

If you are interested in booking a session for your school or group please email amplify@midandeastantrim.gov.uk by Wednesday 2 February 2022.

Schools Engagement Sessions

A number of local companies will be visiting schools in the borough providing students with an insight into what is involved in an apprenticeship and an opportunity to hear from young people currently on apprenticeships.

The events promoting Level 2/3 Apprenticeships and Level 5 Higher Level Apprenticeships will be delivered to a private audience of Year 12 pupils.

Mid And East Antrim Manufacturing Task Force Event

“Build the Future” with successful Apprenticeships  Friday 11 February 2022

Apprenticeship Good Practice breakfast event hosted by Moore Concrete.

This event will highlight Moore Concretes successful apprenticeship model alongside feedback from apprentices.

Sean McAleese, Northern Regional College and Michael Harris, Department of Economy will provide an overview of the opportunities available and future plans for apprenticeship programmes.

Invitee only event, MTF companies contact invest@midandeastantrim.gov.uk for further details.

NIDirect NI Apprenticeship Week Page (link to ‘public’ events across NI)