You may be surprised to learn there are many different companies offering Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland. In fact, the Automotive industry offers Apprenticeships all across Ireland.
Almost every reasonable-sized town will have several car dealerships which offer Service Technician, Service Advisor or Parts Advisor Apprenticeships. Some will also offer Body Repair and Paint Technician Apprenticeships.
However, the focus of this blog is to show you there are also several companies which offer different types of Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland. In fact, one of the UK’s largest Bus manufacturers, Wright Bus in Ballymena, offers a range of Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland.
Off-Highway Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland
The CLAAS Apprenticeship programme offers Agricultural Technician Apprenticeships in partnership with its UK dealership network. There are two CLAAS dealers in Northern Ireland: Erwin in Crumlin, and Ashfield and Wilson in Dungannon.
CLAAS is the European market leader in combine harvesters, as well as the global market leader in self-propelled forage harvesters. Furthermore, its tractors, agricultural balers and grassland harvesting machines rank at the top in worldwide agricultural engineering. The product range also encompasses state-of-the-art agricultural electronics and software solutions for farming applications.
The Apprenticeship programme is offered in conjunction with Reaseheath College near Nantwich in Cheshire and Barony College near Dumfries. The programme produces highly qualified Technicians capable of servicing and maintaining increasingly sophisticated agricultural machinery.
Truck Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland
The Scania Trucks Apprenticeship programme recruits 80-120 Apprentices every year, in partnership with the brand’s dealer network. The company has 89 retailer and service centre locations across the UK, with 3 locations in Northern Ireland: Larne, Newry and Omagh.
Every Scania Trucks Apprenticeship programme combines full-time on-the-job learning with block-release for training at the Scania Training Centre. Non-technical Apprenticeships in either Sales, Customer Service or Business Administration typically take between 12 months and 2 years. In contrast, Technical Apprenticeships such as Heavy Vehicle Technician can take 3 to 4 years.
The Scania Trucks Apprenticeship programme includes the following roles:
- Heavy Vehicle Technician (Bus, Coach & Truck)
- Parts Advisor
- Customer Service
- Business Administration
- Team Leading
The Volvo Trucks Apprenticeship programme offers Heavy Vehicle Service Technician and Aftersales (Parts Advisor) Apprenticeships across its 80+ dealer network throughout the UK. Volvo Trucks is represented by Dennisons Commercials in Northern Ireland, with 4 locations in Ballyclare, Coleraine, Dungannon, and Newry. The brand is also represented by a further 8 locations in the Republic of Ireland.
The Volvo Training Academy is based at Stephenson College in Coalville. The workshops at the college are equipped with the latest Volvo vehicles, as well as specialist Volvo equipment and tools. So, you will receive a first-class technical training programme while working towards a nationally-recognised qualification. You will also be trained by Volvo Master Technicians who have a wealth of experience and the latest Volvo knowledge.
Bus Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s Translink operation manages several Bus and Rail services across the region, and offers a range of Engineering Apprenticeships across various locations. Translink operates 1300 buses and coaches, providing the Northern Ireland public with comprehensive stage carriage, express and school transport services.
In order to maintain and develop the highest standards of engineering, Translink have devised a 4 year Apprenticeships scheme across various locations in Northern Ireland, with two distinct disciplines:
- Technical Trades Apprenticeships: Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering
- Body Trades Apprenticeships: Sheet Metal, Body Building and Painting
The Wright Group offers a comprehensive and versatile range of vehicles, catering for every aspect of public and private transit operations: from small buses to big buses, single and double deckers, articulated and Bus Rapid Transit. Capabilities include design, development and world-class manufacturing, and the company can supply buses completely built in Northern Ireland or in kit form for assembly overseas.
The Wright Group has the following Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland across its various divisions:
- Wrightbus Ltd – Production, Spray Painting
- Composites Ltd – Production, Development (mould-making)
- Metallix Ltd – Fabrication and Welding, Fabrication Operative, Stores and Warehousing, Maintenance
Engineering Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland
Ryobi Aluminium Casting offers Engineering Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland at its Carrickfergus location. The company is an innovative, world class supplier of high quality, technically complex automotive components, and is part of the Japanese Ryobi Group.
Ryobi Aluminium Casting has 5 furnaces which can melt 14 tonnes of aluminium per hour, or about 1000 tones per month. The company has 18 die-cast machines which are capable of producing a large range of parts from less than 1kg up to 20kg.
The company offers the following Engineering Apprenticeships at its Carrickfergus manufacturing facility: Engineering Maintenance, Die Maintenance, and Die Cast Engineering.
Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland – Where Next?
So, hopefully the examples above have shown you that there are some great Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland. These are in addition to all the great opportunities offered by the main automotive brands you will already know, which are no doubt in a town very close to you. Brands such as BMW, Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes, Peugeot, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen and many more. Furthermore, there are also Motorcycle Service Technician Apprenticeships available with BMW, Honda, Suzuki, and Triumph.
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