SNIPEF celebrates NI Apprenticeship Week 2021

April 26, 2021

#NIAW2021 featuring CHC Group

Today kicks off Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week 2021 #NIAW2021, and the Department for the Economy (DfE) has officially launched the second Apprenticeship Week, which will run from 26-30 April 2021.

Through a series of mostly virtual events, the annual week-long celebration aims to raise the profile of apprenticeships across Northern Ireland by bringing together partners including local councils, employers, universities, further education colleges and private training providers, demonstrating the benefits of becoming an apprentice, and showcase how apprenticeships can work to strengthen and grow businesses, communities and the wider economy.

SNIPEF is celebrating our Northern Irish apprentices this week by focusing on SNIPEF member CHC Group, based in Craigavon in County Armagh, who will share their experiences with apprentices at their company.

We asked CHC Group to ask one of their engineers, who works daily with apprentices, what makes a good apprentice?

Here are some of their tips to prospective or current apprentices:

  • Have a positive attitude and be enthusiastic;
  • Be willing to learn new skills each day;
  • Pay attention to what you are being shown;
  • Be on time in the morning and be willing to work late;
  • Think for yourself in certain situations;
  • Don’t be on your phone;
  • Always ask questions – that is really important;
  • Good manners are important, as you are representing the company.

The contract managers at CHC Group, who are responsible for the apprentices agreed, explaining that a good apprentice has good work ethic, a willingness to learn and asks a lot of questions. They will be keen to learn and willing to undertake different aspects of the trade.

CHC Group’s engineer further emphasised that a good apprentice should always be willing to listen and learn, and be on time. It is also a positive if the apprentice can anticipate the need of the engineer, for example, if the engineer is fitting something, what will he need next? Also it is important that the apprentice not need to be told to start to tidy/clean up when job is complete and you are testing the system. 

Tomorrow, CHC Group will discuss what benefits an apprentice can bring to your company.

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