Manufacturing & Engineering need people like you to help transform lives and communities! As the ‘E’ in STEM, engineering is the creative, real-world application of science, technology and maths.

What’s so great about the Manufacturing & Engineering industry?

No matter where your interests lie, there are careers across research, design, product development, production, quality assurance, logistics, sales, marketing, finance and more, and they all require different skill levels. And for as long as the population needs products, there will always be a global demand and we’ll need to keep improving our technology. That means more engineers, scientists and mathematicians too.


Highlights of choosing a career in the Manufacturing & Engineering industry

  • Opportunities for all levels of qualifications
  • Rewarding careers with rapid career progression
  • High average pay compared to other industries
  • A fast-paced environment which is constantly growing to keep up with consumer demands
  • One of NI’s key growth sectors
  • A wide variety of career choices available, both technical and non-technical
  • Manufacturing organisations produce tangible goods, so you’ll see the results of your work
  • An increasingly global sector and with many organisations offering the opportunity to travel to facilities all around the world


223 Amazing Apprenticeship Opportunities with Mid Ulster MEGA Companies in 2022!

An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training with an employer and part-time off-the-job studying with a training provider.

An apprenticeship offers hands-on experience, comprehensive training and a technical qualification, all whilst earning a salary. Apprenticeships give you the skills, knowledge and behaviours to succeed in your career.
There has never been a more exciting time to join the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector. The sector needs talented young people who will help their companies grow.

Check out the MEGA Apprenticeship Model Booklet, highlighting the range of apprenticeship courses and opportunities within our local Mid Ulster manufacturing companies, along with their contact details, allowing for direct communication between students, parents, teachers and companies.

MEGA Degree Apprenticeship in conjunction with Ulster University

Northern Ireland’s first Degree Apprenticeship in Manufacturing & Engineering is designed to help create a pipeline of skilled talent fit for industry’s needs.

Degree Apprenticeships provide an opportunity to gain a full honours bachelor’s degree (Level 6). Degree Apprenticeships combine working with part-time study at a university. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme and spend part of their time at university and the rest with their employer.

Working collaboratively, MEGA with its industry network and Ulster University, School of Computing & Intelligent Systems at Magee campus as the Education Provider, together launched Northern Ireland’s first industry-approvedManufacturing Engineering Degree Apprenticeship in 2021. This Apprenticeship provides the apprentice with an abundance of real-time industry experience together with relevant training and skills acquired through the degree programme which has been created with industry needs at its epicentre, resulting in relevant highly skilled apprentices, ready for local employment within international companies. Its duration is 4 years, the same time commitment as a traditional sandwich-year degree.

It presents an alternative to the traditional degree route, and instead will see apprentices employed from day one in an earn-as-you-learn model.
Robotics, artificial intelligence, and digitalization are among key themes studied.


The Degree Apprenticeship has many advantages, including:

• Providing employers with highly skilled employees
• Allowing Apprentices to attain a degree debt-free
• Giving these high-level Apprentices a solid platform for great careers in growth sectors.


MEGA Degree Apprenticeship 2023/24

2023/24 Applications Open – 1st November 2022
2023/24 Application Close – 31st March 2023

Apply online now by filling out the application form.