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Specialist Academy – Apprenticeship Scheme Open

Specialist Joinery Group has been providing joinery apprenticeship programmes since 1988. This investment has created a unique culture of knowledge sharing and innovation, enabling the company to further promote its distinct brand of elite joinery.

Our Academy, based at Specialist HQ, is a standalone facility comprising of manufacturing shop floor, computer aided design suite, canteen, offices and meeting spaces.

The course is delivered by a team of experienced professionals, who are involved in every aspect of Specialist Joinery Groups operations.

Our intake of Apprentices is limited to 8 per year, ensuring individuals benefit fully from one to one mentoring and engaging group projects, which teach the foundations of our craft, inspire innovation and develop problem solving skills.

We view our academy as an investment in our ability to deliver client satisfaction. Whilst providing apprenticeships is a fundamental step in retaining our craft skills base, it also delivers wider benefits in terms of employee engagement, retention and commitment.

“We’re growing people for the growth of the Business. Apprenticeships are the future.”

Why choose the Specialist Apprenticeship Route?

  • Benefit from structured learning and development.
  • Come to work in an engaging environment.
  • Receive one to one mentoring.
  • Gain practical experience and job specific skills.
  • Develop your problem solving skills.
  • Earn as you learn.
  • Develop your CAD skills.
  • Establish yourself within a successful company.
  • Become part of the Specialist Family.
  • NVQ Level 2 accredited Training Providers.
  • Future Employment Opportunities:

Apprentices will be provided with an ideal mix of formal training, on the job experience and long term career progression opportunities. Graduates from our Apprenticeship school can overtime pursue careers in different aspects of our business. These can include; Logistics planning, Surveying, Estimating, Accounts and lots more.

“Many former Specialist Joinery group apprentices can now be found in strategic management roles; our motto is look after your staff and they will look after your customers”.

If you or someone you know would be suitable for our programme apply now before the 28th May 2021 –

For more information on the Specialist Academy visit the careers section of our website or contact Specialist HQ by emailing [email protected] or phoning 028 7964 3021.

We are Open for Business


With the latest Governments announcement reference Covid-19, we want to assure our customers, suppliers and partners that Specialist Joinery Group remains open so we can continue to serve our customers and our projects seamlessly.  

These new changes will have no direct impact on our business as the construction sector at all our trading locations continues to work to help support the recovery of the economy.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our people, our customers and our community is our top priority, and we will continue to ensure all our sites are working in line with Covid-19 Health & Safety guidelines at all times.  

At Specialist Joinery Group we aim to continue to provide the highest level of service to our customers via video, phone and onsite.  

See video below on our team response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  

Stay safe and take care of each other.  

Specialist Joinery Group provide a Santa Fly-By

Christmas time is always magical at Specialist Joinery Group with our Project Santa campaign being a much anticipated event annually, both local afield and further afield. Whilst Covid has halted Project Santa this year, it wasn’t going to stop us in our mission to spread some Christmas joy!

On Monday the 7th December we provided a Santa Fly-By for the local primary schools. We delivered gifts for all the children and they were all so excited to see Santa, Mrs Claus and their elves.

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

10 Days of Christmas Charity Giving

This year we kicked off our 10 days of Christmas Giving by providing a sizeable food donation to two local food banks who needed our help more than ever, The Link in Maghera and Hope Magherafelt.

We also donated to 18 charities to help fund the excellent work that they do in promoting physical and mental health, as well as helping those less fortunate than ourselves.

The chosen charities were:

Specialist Joinery Group Welcomes Ian McKinley

Specialist Joinery Group was delighted to welcome the inspiring Ian McKinley to the factory last week.

Ian, former international rugby player initially retired in 2011 following the loss of sight in one of his eyes after he experienced an unfortunate accident during one of his games.

In 2012 he accepted an offer to do coaching in a small Italian city. He was determined to get back playing and he gave playing at junior level in 2014 a go, using specially manufactured goggles for protection.

This success resulted in the return to the professional sport with Zebre, Benetton, Treviso as well as international rugby for Italy.

Ian has since returned to Ireland and is coaching at Ulster schools’ level in Ballymena and Rainey Old Boys Rugby Club.

What an inspiration.

‘Wear it Pink’ at Specialist Joinery Group

The cancer burden has been around for many years, affecting many people’s lives and their families. It is estimated that in 2020 new cancer cases have risen by 2.7 million and 1.3 million deaths.

This highlights the much-needed funding that all cancer charities need, allowing them to provide practical and holistic support to all those affected.

On Friday the 23rd October our team participated in a ‘Wear it Pink Day’ to brighten up the workplace and to help raise funds for the fight against cancer.

We had prizes for best dressed and silliest costume and our teams throughout and those working from home all participated in adding a little cheer to Friday.

Together we raised an amazing £1,500.

We understand how challenging these times are for all charities and here at Specialist Joinery Group we are committed to doing our bit to help as much as we can.