Manufacturing & Engineering – Bright Future Career Prospects for your Students?

Career decisions for young people are becoming increasingly difficult, with our graduates and school leavers often facing a difficult uphill battle into the world of work. Guiding your students along the right path is a huge responsibility, but with excellent career prospects and a variety of roles to choose from, encouraging them into the world of manufacturing and engineering could be a well-informed decision.

At MEGA, we’re here to provide the tools and resources to help your students make that choice. MEGA will provide everything you need to know about Mid Ulster’s fast paced manufacturing industry as well as the opportunities available to your students, whatever their age, stage or qualifications.

MEGA can coordinate with our industry partners in order to offer:

  • Student Industry Tours
  • Teacher Industry Tours
  • MEGA Ambassador Visits to Schools
  • Hands-on Projects with Industry for Years 11 & 12
  • Classroom-based Programmes for Post-Primary
  • Industry Products “Show & Tell” to Schools
  • Careers Day Visits
  • Interviewing Skills
  • MEGA STEAM Train Programmes for Primary Schools

Contact us here for further information.


MEGA Future Careers

Have your students ever considered a career in advanced
manufacturing and engineering?

MEGA is a great place to start, helping young people find excellent, well-paid job opportunities and long-term careers.

On our Students page you’ll find lots of reasons why it’s great to work in this industry – why not talk these through with your students so they fully understand the benefits of manufacturing and engineering, not just to their own career paths, but to the economy of this local area. Help them become a part of a better future for us all.

MEGA Ambassador Programme

The MEGA Ambassador Programme aims to give school students an insight into the world of manufacturing and engineering through school visits from a MEGA Ambassador. MEGA Ambassadors can be booked to visit your school with the aim of encouraging students to think about future study and career options and to think about choosing the kind of courses valued in advanced manufacturing businesses. We want them to be aware of what is on offer and consider the education options and many vocational courses and qualifications available in secondary, further education and even higher education that open the door to a successful career within the industry.

To book a MEGA Ambassador visit, contact us here.


Is an Apprenticeship the best route for your student?

For some students, an academic path will present them with the best chance of a successful career, going from school into third level education and entering the world of work with a degree qualification.

For many others, an apprenticeship route will give them a better route to employment, allowing students to learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to perform their role whilst completing off-the-job studying in partnership with a local training provider.


How do Apprenticeships work?

Most of the time, an apprentice is just like another member of the team, working and learning ‘on the job’. But at least 20% of their paid time will be dedicated to off-the-job learning – advancing their knowledge and giving them skills they can bring back to the workplace.

Discuss the benefits of an apprenticeship route for your students here and evaluate if this could be the right path for them.


What are the benefits of doing an Apprenticeship?
  • A widely respected and industry recognised qualification
  • Education and training that will not cost a penny. Even the degree apprenticeships!
  • 1-6 years of industry experience
  • A full-time wage
  • Functional skills qualifications in Maths and English

MEGA STEAM Train Programme for Primary Schools

All aboard the MEGA STEAM Train! MEGA is pleased to invite Mid Ulster primary schools to participate in a programme introducing students to the world of engineering. Many career choices stem from early childhood experiences, so this is an opportunity to get your students enthused about engineering from an early age through a variety of STEAM activities. They will have the opportunity to get involved in hands-on, practical, problem-solving activities, all delivered in a fun and engaging way!

Contact here us to find out more.

MEGA Resources

Here you can find a whole host of free resources available to download to hand out to students or display in your classroom.

Find out what inspired employees to work in Manufacturing & Engineering and what they do every day in specific job roles. Click on our ‘A Day in the Life of’ page.