Alexa Seleno

Re-Gen Robotics at the BIG Apprentice Event

Re-Gen Robotics at the BIG Apprentice Event

There was certainly a buzz in the air last night as The BIG Apprenticeship Event returned to the Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre – and Re-Gen Robotics and Re-Gen Waste were at the centre of the action.

Speaking on the night, Piotr Chmielowiec, HR Officer at Re-Gen Robotics explained apprentices and HLAs are ideal for businesses. He said: “An apprenticeship is an investment in the individual. We seek to develop skills from the ground up to suit our business needs.”

Owen Quinn, IT Support Office at Re-Gen Waste and Re-Gen Robotics, was one of the current and past apprenticeship students speaking at the drop-in ‘My HLA/Apprenticeship Journey’ sessions.

Over 700 people attended the event which was open to school leavers and people seeking a career change. Around 50 businesses and exhibitors had apprentices and staff available to discuss the opportunities available in a range of sectors including robotics, accountancy, engineering, transport and science.

Apprenticeships offer students a qualification or even a degree without the burden of tuition fees as courses are fully funded by The Department for the Economy. There is also the added advantage of having several years of skills and relevant work experience.

Councillor Paul Greenfield, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, commented: “Skills are a key priority for the growth of our local economy, and the wide range of apprenticeship and Higher Level Apprenticeship opportunities on offer at yesterday’s event are critical to this economic development. With more employability and skills events taking place this month through the Get Future Ready programme, I would encourage everyone interested in exploring the many career and training opportunities available in the borough, to check out what’s happening at the dedicated online hub”

Brian Doran, Principal & CEO of Southern Regional College, added: “Apprenticeships are an exciting option for people young and older, as they gain practical hands-on training while also having the chance to put their skills into practice in the workplace. The Apprenticeship pathway allows people to earn whilst learning at College and in the case of higher level apprenticeships, participants can obtain degree level qualifications without the level of student debt synonymous with full time higher education.”

A similar event as held in Southern Regional College on Tuesday 7 February which attracted around 600 people.

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