Causeway Chronicle

Celebrating local talent – Higher Level Apprentice Award winner Joanne McCubbin.

Causeway Coast and Glens Labour Market Partnership was delighted to recently celebrate a local winner at the 2024 Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards. 

Joanne McCubbin from Coleraine, who is employed at Manfreight Ltd, picked up the Higher-Level Apprentice Award at the event in Titanic Belfast earlier this year. 

The annual Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards recognise the outstanding accomplishments of apprentices across Northern Ireland, and also their employers, mentors, and training providers.

Congratulating the winner on a wet and stormy May morning at Giant’s Causeway, Councillor Steven Callaghan, the former Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens said: “I would like to congratulate Joanne on picking up this amazing accolade.

“Nominations for the 2024 Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards came in for apprentices, employers, mentors and training organisations from across Northern Ireland and so it is a fantastic achievement for Joanne to have been selected as the winner.”

“Her success highlights the importance of supporting to ensure everyone across our Borough, regardless of their background, has equal access to the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed and our team is here to help.”

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and the Labour Market Partnership remains dedicated to supporting and promoting apprenticeships. They are continuing to promote apprenticeship opportunities for local residents, and also educate local employers about the significant benefits and funding for apprenticeships.

Joanne McCubbin, the winner of The Higher-Level Apprentice Award 2024, said: “It has been such a great honour and humbling experience to not only be a finalist but to have won the Higher Level Apprentice of the Year.

“Apprenticeships and Higher-Level Apprenticeships are a great way to develop your skills and capabilities. It benefits both the individual and the employer, helping to further talent within the workplace. 

“I feel really proud to have won the award and I hope that this achievement will help more local people and local employers consider Apprenticeships and Higher-Level Apprenticeships as a pathway!”

Council’s Labour Market Partnership Manager, Marc McGerty added: “I am delighted for Joanne that this prestigious award went to her, she’s a highly talented employee from the Causeway Coast and Glens, who helps showcase the potential of our local residents.  

“Joanne has worked really hard to achieve her Higher-Level Apprenticeship and it is great to see this dedicated be recognised.”

Apprenticeships and Higher-Level Apprenticeships are a great way to develop staff within your organisation. Changes to the funding means that apprenticeships and the vocational training are now for all ages, and the funding can also be for employers who are looking to develop and progress existing staff within the organisation as well as new recruits.

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice or if you want to find out more about how it works for employers, please visit https://www.causewayapprenticeships.com/

Joanne McCubbin winner of The Higher-Level Apprentice Award 2024 pictured on a May morning at the Giant’s Causeway alongside the former Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Councillor Steven Callaghan, and James Duke, Digital Lead, Manfreight Ltd (left) and Council’s Labour Market Partnership Manager, Marc McGerty.

Joanne McCubbin winner of The Higher-Level Apprentice Award 2024 pictured on a May morning at the Giant’s Causeway alongside the former Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Councillor Steven Callaghan.

Former Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Councillor Steven Callaghan, alongside Council’s Labour Market Partnership Manager, Marc McGerty.

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