€290k Apprenticeship Programme funding for IT Carlow

10th July, 2017

The Government has allocated over €8m for 10 Institutes of Technology across the country for capital investment.
This funding includes €289.138,00 for IT Carlow.
“The funding will enable IT Carlow to purchase equipment and carry out enabling works for the implementation of new programmes for four existing apprenticeships in Electrical, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Metal Fabrication and Plumbing.
“Apprenticeships and traineeships give an exciting career path for many young people. The Government is committed to improving existing apprentices and training programmes and also to opening new apprenticeships to cater for changing technology and workplace needs.
“An apprenticeship prepares participants for a specific occupation and leads to a qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.
“The Action Plan to expand Apprenticeship and Traineeship 2016 – 2020 now sets out a clear pathway for developing new apprenticeships, a development timeline of 12-15 months, clear annual targets for apprenticeship registrations as well as targets for the development of new programmes.
“This funding is being provided by the Department of Education and Skills through the Higher Education Authority,”
Announcing the funding, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said:
“This funding supports our objective to expand apprenticeships and traineeships in the period to 2020 and ensure they are an attractive path for people to take. We plan to more than double the number of annual Apprenticeship and Traineeship registrations to 14,000 by 2020.
“A key commitment set out in the plan for this year was the issuing of a second call for apprenticeship proposals to refresh the pipeline of proposals already established through the first call.
“The second call opened on 4th May and will remain open until 1st September. I urge employers to come forward with new apprenticeship proposals that can be developed to meet the skill needs in their sectors.”