Published Thursday, 15 August 2013
32 apprentices were taken on in the first phase (© UTV)
The scheme involves government and a number of local ICT employers.
50 individuals will be recruited as apprentices and take up software development and IT infrastructure roles in the public and private sector.
This is the second phase of a scheme launched by the Employment and Learning Minister Dr. Stephen Farry.
The programme has nine private sector, seven Government Departments and three public sector organisations participating.
Minister Farry said: "The ICT sector is of critical importance to the growth of the Northern Ireland economy and if we are to realise the ICT sector's full potential, more needs to be done to improve the match between the skills of those people in the workforce and the skills our employers need to help our companies grow.
"The individuals who are successful in being recruited as ICT Apprentices on this scheme will be given the opportunity to develop skills, achieve qualifications and enhance their career prospects while helping employers develop their business and raise the prosperity of Northern Ireland."
The pilot of the 'Public/Private ICT Apprenticeship scheme' launched in August 2012 and resulted in 32 apprentices being employed in the local ICT industry as well as training to complete their Level 3 qualification by the end of this year.
Willie Hamilton, Managing Director of Liberty IT, said: "The ICT sector in Northern Ireland has the potential to expand and grow exponentially in the future and in order to maximise this potential we need to recruit and develop a suitably skilled workforce.
"Following the success of the scheme last year, and the high quality of apprentices we recruited, we see the ICT apprenticeship as an important pathway to recruit passionate and talented individuals into the local IT industry."
Applications open on Friday 16 August and must be received by 5:00pm on Friday 30 August.
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