The government has announced €7.5 million in funding for apprenticeships across the country.
Plans to modernise current trades and expand apprenticeships in other areas is expected. Ireland has nine institutes of technology and a newly formed Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin).
New syllabuses will be developed for plumbing, carpentry, motor, vehicle body repair, fitting, toolmaking and wood manufacturing and finishing.
An uptake in apprenticeships by school finishers has increased over the past few years with new areas rolling out in insurance, banking, finance and hospitality.
The Government’s target is to enrol 31,000 people on apprenticeship programmes in the period 2016-2020.
School leavers choosing the “earn and learn” option has become increasingly popular. Apprentices still have the chance to get a degree while working within their sector, ranging from accounting to auctioneering and ICT.
A wide and diverse range of new apprenticeships have been proposed and are in development such as: healthcare assistant, wind turbine maintenance, engineering, hairdressing, HGV driving and farm management.
Regional Skills and Training Centre currently instruct phase 2 (an apprentice’s first block off-the-job training) in the following trades: carpentry and joinery, electrical, metal fabrication, motor mechanics, pipefitting, plumbing and wood manufacturing and finishing.
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