Deputy mayor highlights ICT apprenticeship

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Limavady Deputy Mayor, DUP Councillor Alan Robinson has highlighted an apprenticeship programme which could be of benefit to those wishing to have a career in the Information and Communication Technology sector.

Speaking yesterday, he said: “The ICT apprenticeship programme is a joint initiative between the Government and local ICT Companies such as Citi, Kainos, Libert IT, Fujitsu, Sopra, IT Assist and others with the aim of supporting the growth of this sector by recruiting and employing apprentices in various software development and IT infrastructure roles. The apprentices will be employed in one of the participating organisations and receive a wage while also undertaking training in Level 3 Apprenticeships NI frameworks for ICT.

“Experience is not required but applicants must possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs of grade C or above, including English and Mathematics, and a pass at A level in any subject area or an equivalent qualification. Those successfully employed as ICT Apprentices on this programme will be released from the workplace one day a week to receive their training at Belfast Metropolitan College.

“Online application forms can be completed from Friday 17th August with the closing date for applications at 5.00 pm on Friday 31 August 2012. If candidates are invited to sit an interview these will take place in early October 2012. After the completion of interviews the participating organisations will then make offers of employment to the candidates they wish to recruit. Successful candidates employed as apprentices in the participating organisations will begin on 19 November 2012. If you are interested then you can complete the application form by going to the Mindmill website who are the company overseeing the aptitude testing phase of the recruitment process. The website can be found at ww.ictapp.mindmill.co.uk/”