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McCue investing in the future with apprenticeship recruitment drive

McCue has partnered with two higher education facilities in the north to recruit a number of apprentice joiners in a move that will help it retain its future skill set

MANUFACTURER McCue in Carrickfergus has partnered with two higher education facilities in the north to recruit a number of apprentice joiners.

The company, specialists in project management, fit-out and bespoke joinery, is taking on five apprentices from Northern Regional College and Belfast Metropolitan College for the next academic year in a bid to help it retain its skill set in the future.

The programme will see the five apprentices undertake on-the-job training with the highly-skilled craftsmen at McCue, combined with occasional study that will culminate with a recognised qualification.

Managing director Gary Purdy said: “So many thanks have changed since I joined McCue as an apprentice in 1985, yet the core skills our apprentices learn remain the same. It is fundamental for our business to develop the skills of our young people, who become an integral part of our workforce and can add real value.

“Throughout the apprenticeship programme, young people will gain the skills required for a successful joinery career, develop important relationships and have the opportunity to excel in a trade where there is a high demand. It is also vital they learn and enjoy what they do, which is something we pride ourselves on achieving at McCue.

“My own personal experience as an apprentice with McCue has certainly shaped my career path, allowed me to progress throughout the company and contributed to my current role.

“The apprenticeship programme is a great opportunity for young people to commence their careers and we look forward to developing the young people and seeing their progression in the months and years ahead.”

McCue, which operates from a 5,500 sq m manufacturing facility, has completed a number of prestigious projects throughout the UK including The Berkeley and Corinthia Hotels, Claridge's, Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square and 14 Hills.

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