As a leading employer in the Greater Newry area, MJM Marine will mark National Apprenticeship Week by recognising employees who are currently on its Apprenticeship Programme and by planning for a future intake in September.

The success of MJM Marine as a world leader in global marine outfitting has been well documented in recent times with the company securing its largest ever contract with Norwegian Cruise Line in 2019 and completing its first ever cruise ship refit in Belfast in 2018.

MJM Marine has built its reputation on quality and craftsmanship and invests continuously in its employees to ensure that they are the best in the business.

Part of this investment is in the MJM Marine Apprenticeship Programme which the company established four years ago. This three-year apprenticeship in ‘Specialised Joinery and Furniture Production’ sees young people train alongside MJM Marine’s expanding team of joiners and craftsmen in Newry to establish a long-term career with the outfitting company.

New apprentices join a long line of skilled joiners which includes the company Founder and Chairman, Brian McConville who served his time as an apprentice joiner before setting up his own business and Chief Executive Gary Annett who is also a time-served joiner.

Colm Cunningham, Contracts Director, MJM Marine, who oversees the programme and acts as a mentor to the apprentices, served his time as an apprentice joiner in the early days of MJM Marine, “For me, personally, I cannot over-emphasise the opportunities that lie within the MJM Marine’s Apprenticeship Programme. I joined MJM Marine as an apprentice 30 years ago, before we had a formalised programme, and I am a Contracts Director.”

“Apprentices coming to MJM Marine have just turned 16, will immediately start earning a weekly wage and will be trained by our joiners and craftsmen who are among the best in the business. The potential for them to progress throughout the company is there and they are encouraged to grasp every opportunity offered to them. Our Apprenticeship Programme is part of our investment in the future of MJM Marine as we continue to grow.  Our apprentices are key to future-proofing our business to our continued success,” continues Colm.

MJM Marine’s Apprenticeship Programme is offered in conjunction with Southern Regional College (SRC) whereby the apprentices work four days a week in MJM Marine’s Production facility and attend SRC for one day each week.

Elizabeth O’Connor, HR & Legal Director MJM Marine, added: “Our Apprenticeship Scheme, which is in its fourth year, offers an excellent opportunity for young people. Not only do they earn as they learn, they get paid holidays, life assurance and membership of a health cash plan. But perhaps more importantly, they develop life-long skills and embark on a career path with endless opportunities which could potentially take them to the top levels within MJM Marine.”

Apprentices currently on the MJM Marine Apprenticeship Programme have come from schools across the Greater Newry area including St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook, St Joseph’s High School Newry, St Mark’s High School, Warrenpoint, Newbridge Integrated College, Banbridge, Rathfriland High School, Kilkeel High School and St Colman’s and Abbey Grammar in Newry.

MJM Marine is currently recruiting for their 2019 Apprenticeship Programme and will be attending the Big Apprenticeship Event at Southern Regional College Newry on 21st March.  Anyone interested in more information should come along to SRC or email emma.keenan@mjmmarine.com.