Belfast, September 26, 2012 – Bombardier Aerospace warmly welcomed 70 new apprentice and graduate recruits at an event in its Belfast facility.
Bombardier has enrolled 40 apprentices this month on the largest apprenticeship scheme in Northern Ireland. The three-year programme, supported by the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL), leads to a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 3 certification in aeronautical engineering and provides a solid foundation for a future career in aerospace. In addition, 30 graduates have joined the company this year to follow a variety of professional paths within a fast-paced and innovative industry. DEL Minister Stephen Farry MLA, who attended the event, spoke to new apprentices and graduates about their career aspirations.
Many of these new recruits first heard about Bombardier through The Flight Experience programme, the company’s educational outreach to schools across Northern Ireland. Promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to young people, it also highlights stimulating and rewarding job opportunities in these subject areas. To reinforce its commitment to this programme, the company has been supporting the Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ STEMNET initiative and recently registered its 100th employee as a STEM Ambassador. Acting as role models, Bombardier volunteers work with schools to inform and inspire young people about the value of STEM subjects when making important decisions about their education and future careers.
During the event, Bombardier STEM Ambassadors, together with new apprentices and graduates, were also introduced to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Solicitor and Director General, Legal, Business and Skills, Rachel Sandby-Thomas.
“We are delighted to formally welcome our new apprentices and graduates on board. Our latest recruits are beginning exciting and fulfilling roles with Bombardier, which will equip them with a wide range of career-enhancing skills and knowledge. And as part of their personal development, our educational programme will register them as STEM Ambassadors so they can play an important part in mentoring their successors,” said Michael Ryan, Vice-President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast.
“A workforce skilled in STEM is fundamental to Northern Ireland's future competitiveness. My department has played a key role in delivering against the STEM Strategy in the past 12 months. I am aware of the importance STEM subjects have in supporting the advanced manufacturing and
engineering sectors in Northern Ireland, as is Bombardier who I commend for its work in this area and the creation of 100 STEM Ambassadors.
"I have recently convened an Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Services Working Group, comprising representation from Bombardier and other industry leaders, training providers and government, to address the skills’ needs of these sectors in order to support their growth and expansion and to bolster the Northern Ireland economy," said Dr Stephen Farry, MLA, Minster for Employment and Learning.
"I'm pleased that the collaboration between Bombardier and STEMNET has been so successful. Its Ambassadors are excellent advocates for the tremendously rewarding careers that exist within the aerospace industry, including here in Northern Ireland. With some 27,000 large passenger aircraft needed by 2030, this really is an industry with huge growth opportunities. That's why my department is working with aerospace companies such as Bombardier through the Aerospace Growth Partnership to ensure that the UK maintains its lead role in the global market. This really is an industry with a bright future, and the STEMNET scheme will help ensure that sectors like aerospace continue to attract the brightest and best young talent," said Rachel Sandby-Thomas, Solicitor and Director General, Legal, Business and Skills, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
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