NI has a strong manufacturing heritage and drives world-class innovation. Here in Mid Ulster the manufacturing and engineering sector is massive. There are hundreds of companies producing world- class products, including crushing and screening machines, recycling machines, airplane steps, airport buses, PPE equipment, award-winning blinds, trailers and much, much more. These companies contribute billions of pounds into the NI economy and are one of N. Ireland’s biggest exporters.
MEGA (Manufacturing & Engineering Growth & Advancement) was established to advance and grow world-class manufacturing and engineering by attracting, developing and retaining our people. Our mission is to promote the manufacturing and engineering sector as a source of high-value, long-term employment and to create transformational career opportunities that deliver skills for life.
MEGA is unique in that it is an industy-led network of 66 companies working collaboratively to achieve overarching goals of using skills development for job creation, job retention and increasing exports. We have been working in collaboration with various stakeholders to transform careers by providing a breadth of innovative career paths and development opportunities for our young people.
This Apprenticeship Booklet sets out the various levels of apprenticeships on offer in Mid Ulster and highlights what companies offer apprenticeships. This is a sector that is undergoing some really exciting transformations, through the adoption of automation and robotics. There has never been a better time to equip yourself with the skillset required for future work. You will have a job for life right here at home and the opportunity for international travel.