Earn while you learn | A real job | A real qualification | A real future
An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. At FP McCann we believe that hiring apprentices helps our business to grow our own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Apprentices are employees, not students.
The benefits of completing an apprenticeship include:
- Earn a wage whilst developing the skills you need to be successful in your chosen career
- Get real experience of the workplace and practice your skills on the job
- Achieve a recognised qualification
Your education level and career choice will determine what level you commence on the apprenticeship ladder – ranging from intermediate level to higher-level apprenticeships.
A range of apprenticeship opportunities in partnership with the below colleges include:
- Business Administration
- Civil Engineering
- Construction & The Built Environment
- Construction Plant / Machinery Maintenance
- Construction Products Engineering
- Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Electrotechnical Services
- Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
- Mechanical Maintenance Engineering
For further details about our latest vacancies, visit fpmccann.co.uk/careers/vacancies
Apprentices at FP McCann are paid above the national apprentice wage rates!
FP MCCANN HAS JOINED FORCES WITH EIGHT OTHER COMPANIES IN MID ULSTER, THE NORTH WEST AND NORTH ANTRIM IN A UNIQUE COLLABORATION TO LAUNCH ‘CAREER ENCODE’, AN EARN AS YOU LEARN HIGHER LEVEL APPRENTICESHIP IN COMPUTING FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS.
Career Encode is believed to be the first time that a group of companies in Northern Ireland have ever pooled their resources independently to increase the supply of IT professionals.
Working in collaboration with the Northern Regional College, the nine companies will offer jobs to local school leavers and career changers, enabling them to get an internationally recognised Foundation Degree accredited by Ulster University in the process. Along with FP McCann, the eight other participating companies include Specialist Joinery Group, Mallon Technology, Bloc Blinds, CDE Global, Acorn IT Solutions, Spatialest, Randox and SDC Trailers.
Explaining the need for such an innovative approach to plugging a skills gap in the region, Camilla Long, the independent facilitator on behalf of the nine companies says; “8 in 10 businesses currently trying to recruit new staff are facing major challenges in doing so according to the latest Quarterly Economic Survey published by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce. Information Communications Technology is a key sector with vacancies in the regional economy.”
FP McCann, along with fellow cohort companies, is embarking upon a series of school visits for Year 14 students highlighting the benefits of the Higher Level Apprenticeship approach to a career in Computing.
APPLYING FOR CAREER ENCODE
The Northern Regional College is now accepting applications for apprenticeships starting in September 2019. Young people can apply online through the college website and is open to school leavers in 2019 or those considering a career change into ICT. Applicants must be aged 18 on or before 1 July 2019. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2019.
FP McCann’s commitment to innovation over the years has seen the software development team increase in numbers and they currently employ 20 software developers in a range of coding disciplines.
If you enjoy problem-solving, like being part of a team, have great focus, are creative and enjoy subjects like maths, science, ICT and digital technology, then this apprenticeship is for you! In addition to gaining skills in ICT and software development, the Earn as you Learn Higher Level Apprenticeship offers a number of other benefits to young people.
Successful applicants will gain an internationally recognised Foundation Degree without having to pay university fees or run up student debt. They will also get a full salary and are able to learn on the job with experienced professional mentors in each of the participating companies.
FP MCCANN & CAREER ENCODE
Speaking about FP McCann’s involvement with Career Encode, Don Mulholland explains; “FP McCann is one of the largest employers in the Mid Ulster region. Our leading-edge IT infrastructure and software is critical to the sustainability of our enterprise. We are pleased to continue our investment in a skilled IT team with this Career Encode initiative”.
If you would be interested in joining FP McCann on a Higher Level Apprenticeship, check out the websites of Career Encode and Northern Regional College for further course details, qualifying criteria and information on how to apply.