The world at the feet of MJM group's new apprentices

MJM Group apprentices Niall Casey, Marco Gilbert, Scott Dale, Brendan Devlin, Adam Harte and Philip Newell pictured with apprentice programme manager, John Fisher (centre)

INTERIOR fit-out company MJM Group has welcomed six new apprentices to join it's expanding team of joiners and craftsmen at its 100,000 sq ft state-of-the-art Production facility in Newry.

The six young men who have just left St Colman's College, St Joseph's High School, Kilkeel High School and Rathfriland High School have started an apprenticeship programme in specialist joinery and furniture production with the Newry firm.

Welcoming the six new recruits MJM Group HR and legal director Elizabeth O'Connor said they introduced the apprenticeship scheme two years as a way to "future-proof " the business.

"Our apprenticeship scheme offers an excellent opportunity for young people to earn as they learn, develop life-long skills and embark on a career path with endless opportunities. Indeed, many of our joiners have come through the company and are holding key roles within our management structure.”

MJM Group's apprenticeship programme is offered in conjunction with Southern Regional College whereby the apprentices work four days in the MJM Group production facility and attend the college for one day.

Apprentice programme manager for MJM, John Fisher said the programme offers a "wealth of opportunities" for the latest recruits.

"They have just turned 16 and are already earning a weekly wage but more importantly they are being trained by our joiners and craftsmen who are among the best in the business and have access to the most technically advanced machines and equipment.”

MJM Group is a world leader in interior fitouts, refurbishments and refits operating within the marine and land-based sectors. Among their customers are the world's major cruise companies including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises and P&O Cruises.

“For the apprentices who have just joined MJM Group, they have the opportunity to progress through the ranks of the company and join our teams who travel to jobs around the world. From Italy to Singapore, from Australia to the Bahamas - the world really is their oyster," Mr Fisher added.

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