The first group of apprentices have commenced a unique apprenticeship with Artemis Technologies and Belfast Met that will see them work on a programme to develop green vessels of the future.
The students are taking part in an Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship scheme which will combine classroom tuition with hands-on experience at Artemis Technologies, lead partner in the Belfast Maritime Consortium which is developing a new class of zero emission foiling ferries in the city.
The group of apprentices along with Belfast Met representatives visited the facility last week for a day of activities and learning. Artemis Technologies CEO Dr Iain Percy OBE personally greeted all of the students to wish them luck with their course.
The tour showcased the company’s innovative projects which aim to decarbonise the maritime industry. The students also got to see a scale model of the electric 11m workboat, that will launch next year, as well as the state-of-the-art maritime simulator.
Artemis Technologies CEO, Dr Iain Percy OBE said:
“We are extremely pleased to see the beginning of this apprenticeship programme with Belfast Met. These students are starting what I know will be an incredibly exciting journey both for them as individuals and for all of us in Artemis Technologies and the wider Belfast Maritime Consortium.
“We believe that to continue to create new green technologies, we must work towards developing the talents and skillset of future engineers and technicians.
“The tour was a great success and we were very happy with how the day went. We will be inviting the apprentices back early next year to see our zero-emissions workboat on the water.”
Damian Duffy, Director of Curriculum and Learner Success, confirmed:
“Belfast Met is delighted to be the training provider for this exciting new Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Engineering, in partnership with Artemis Technologies. This innovative programme which is at the cutting edge of the development of sustainable technologies will provide vital career opportunities for our apprentices who are now a part of this important project of developing green vessels for the shipbuilding industry.
“It was very inspiring for our learners to see the scale model of the electric vessel, maritime simulator and to the meet Dr Iain Percy, and we look forward to developing this partnership with Artemis Technologies.”
Dr Iain Percy OBE, CEO of Artemis Technologies, with the Belfast Met Apprentices.