College students meet the Prince

HRH The Duke of York chats to construction apprentice Andrew McIlwaine from Ballyclare, who works with David Patton & Sons NI, during his visit to the NRC Ballymena campus. INNT 37-518CON
HRH The Duke of York chats to construction apprentice Andrew McIlwaine from Ballyclare, who works with David Patton & Sons NI, during his visit to the NRC Ballymena campus. INNT 37-518CON

ON THURSDAY afternoon HRH The Duke of York travelled to the Northern Regional College in Ballymena where he met with engineering and construction apprentices, including several students from Newtownabbey.

Welcoming Prince Andrew to the campus, the Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry said: “This visit recognises the importance and value that apprenticeships bring to individuals, employers and the economy as a whole. Apprenticeships are right at the heart of the kind of economy we want to build; one where young people have the chance to learn skills the economy needs, where we have a highly-skilled workforce, and where we are providing the goods and services the world wants to buy.”

Trevor Neilands, Principal and Chief Executive of NRC, added: “His Royal Highness showed a keen interest in the apprenticeship programme which is integral to supporting economic growth, and the links the college has forged with industry at a local and international level. NRC firmly support the partnership approach to skills building and are committed to delivering apprenticeship programmes to the highest industry standards.”