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Calling all Young Innovators in Mid and East Antrim!

The second annual Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week will take place from 26 to 30 April 2021.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council (MEABC) are working with the Department for Economy and a range of partners to promote the benefits of becoming an apprentice and showcase how apprenticeships can work to strengthen and grow our local business base and the wider economy.

Now in its second year, Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week 2021 offers a dedicated week of dedicated events and promotional activity to demonstrate how apprenticeships work for individuals, businesses, communities and the wider economy.

As part of this year’s events, MEABC are working with the Royal Academy of Engineering, WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), MATRIX NI, Manufacturing NI, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to bring the Energy Innovation Challenge to local schools and promote the varied career paths available in manufacturing and engineering.

Council are inviting young people to become engineers and entrepreneurs to develop ideas that could change our world for the better.

The Energy Innovation Challenge asks young people to explore ideas that could improve lives in our community and have the chance to win a 3D Printer and other goodies for their school!

The winning innovations should demonstrate awareness of the environment and could be solutions that benefit lives and wellbeing of people around the world. They will incorporate a green energy element to show the positive impact this innovation will have for others.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, encouraged budding young innovators to get involved in the competition.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young innovators to use their talent and drive to create solutions that could have potentially life changing benefits for others.

“The ‘green economy’ of the future is a key strategy not only for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, but for Northern Ireland as a whole, and I would encourage all our local schools and colleges to get creating and enter the Energy Innovation Challenge as part of Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week 2021.

“Council will be involved in highlighting the importance of apprenticeships and innovation, and promoting the careers of the future and local opportunities, throughout this week, and I fully support them and their partner organisations in those efforts.”

Gillian Gregg, Senior Business Development Manager Northern Ireland, Royal Academy of Engineering is delighted to work with partners on the Green Innovation Challenge. 

“Engineering shapes our world for the better, whether that’s by making our day-to-day lives easier or tackling some of our biggest global challenges”, he said.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Academy to work with the local Councils and Manufacturing NI to encourage students and teachers to explore the essential role of the engineer, both in terms of innovation and entrepreneurship, to make a difference to our environment and help build a sustainable future.”

Mary Meehan, Deputy CEO of Manufacturing NI said:

“Manufacturing NI is delighted to be a partner on the Energy Innovation Challenge which allows us to engage with local schools to continue to grow talent and promote the exciting pathways into manufacturing”.

The competition is open to primary and secondary schools in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council areas, with the closing date 28 May 2021.

The winning schools in each council area will receive a 3D printer with individual pupil prizes available for the winning entrants.

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New £1m Sullatober Household Recycling Centre Project Takes Another Step Forward

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr William McCaughey, looks over the plans at Sullatober HRC along with Site Manager, Jessica Stronge from CIVCO.

Plans for a new £1million waste recycling facility in Carrickfergus, have taken another step forward with the closure of the existing site from Saturday 2 October at 5pm.

Residents who currently use the facility will be asked to travel to Larne South Household Recycling Centre (HRC), located at Island Road Lower, Islandmagee from Monday 4 October until early 2022.

Please note that it is necessary to book an appointment to gain access to Larne South HRC. This can be done using Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s online booking system by contacting 0300 124 5000 (Option 0).

The new Sullatober Household Recycling Centre, when completed, will be more than double the size of the existing facility to cater for some 40,000 residents. The new facility will be located directly opposite the current recycling site.

As well as increasing the amount of waste segregation by over 20%, the new facility will help Council to divert over 1,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year.

The development will also result in more efficient waste compaction and haulage, with new material streams for recycling and a reduction in carbon emissions.

Planning approval was granted in December 2020, with Council securing £995,000 in funding from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) for the project.

Work commenced at the site in May 2021 and is expected to last until February 2022.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey, welcomed the progress made on the project.

“The new Sullatober Household Recycling Centre will provide a much more efficient service for the residents of Carrickfergus, and is a welcome milestone in Council’s key strategic aim of creating a sustainable and healthy local environment which is protected for future generations.

“By increasing segregation of waste and the quality of materials collected, the new Recycling Centre will support local processors and the circular economy of Northern Ireland.

“The closure of the existing Sullatober recycling centre from Saturday 2 October at 5pm, will allow for construction works to progress. We are pleased to continue providing a recycling centre service to Carrickfergus and the surrounding areas through provision at Larne South Household Recycling Centre, into early 2022.

“Thank you to our local residents for their patience while the work is ongoing.”

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Local Groups in Mid and East Antrim celebrate ‘Brighter Days Ahead’ for Young People

Pictured with The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey is Martin McDonald, Chair of The Community Relations Council and Sophie Grier and Evie Dorrian from Uplift Performing Arts.

Local Groups in Mid and East Antrim will celebrate the peace building and cultural diversity efforts of young people and the challenges they face with a creative programme of cross-community and multicultural events as part of Good Relations Week 2021.

Good Relations Week 2021, co-ordinated by the Community Relations Council, will run from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th September, with a mix of arts, history, music, sport and culture-based events from a diverse range of organisations across the region.

This year’s colourful programme will include the return of face-to-face events, alongside an expanded online offering of virtual events and digital content. This will include workshops, lectures, panel discussions, feature talks, podcasts, film, music and dance performances, storytelling and exhibitions.

The theme for Good Relations Week 2021 is ‘Brighter Days Ahead’ which celebrates the efforts of young people in their everyday lives to break down barriers, unite communities and act as a catalyst for peace building and cultural diversity in our society.

It will explore how society can better meet the needs of young people and explore the issues affecting their culturally diverse lives today, including sectarianism and racism, dealing with the continuing impact of the past, mental health, isolation, education, faith, the pandemic, and the environment.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr William McCaughey said: “We’re proud to be supporting Good Relations Week for yet another year. We hope this week of events will inspire new ideas and promote respect and understanding in our future generations. Armed with these skills and knowledge, there is no stopping our young people.

“Good Relations Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our culture and heritage, promote cultural diversity and work together to address sectarianism and racism. It’s also important for many young people who have faced isolation this past year, to reconnect and learn from their peers to foster a future that is truly beneficial to them and their local communities.”

Martin McDonald MBE, Chair of the Community Relations Council, says: “Good Relations Week 2021 will showcase over 200 highly entertaining events that will shine a light on ground-breaking projects and initiatives that tackle sectarianism and racism and promote cultural diversity – all aimed at building brighter days ahead for everyone.

“We are delighted that over 100 different event and content organisers have embraced our ‘Brighter Days Ahead’ theme and helped to shape a truly remarkable Good Relations Week 2021 that demonstrates imagination, enthusiasm, and commitment to building a united community in our everyday lives.”

Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council adds: Huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to this year’s dynamic programme of events, helping to make Good Relations Week a modern celebration of our diverse culture and heritage.

“We are once again thrilled to be able to deliver this showcase of cross community and multi-cultural arts, history, music and culture. We have a packed programme of face-to-face and virtual events, as well as online material. There is so much to attend, watch and experience, don’t miss it! I would encourage everyone to plan their week of events by checking out the programme at”

Good Relations Week is co-ordinated by the Community Relations Council and supported by The Executive Office. It contributes to delivering the Together: Building a United Community Strategy. The Community Relations Council co-ordinates the week with the support of a Steering Committee comprising of The Executive Office, Department for Communities, Department of Justice, Education Authority, Libraries NI, Cathedral Quarter Trust and The Nerve Centre.

For more information on the Good Relations Week 2021 programme of events visit www.goodrelationsweek.comor keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GRW2021.

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