New opportunities for Carlow school leavers as Govt. expands number of apprenticeship places.

15th June, 2018

“The Government is investing €8m capital funding in 10 Institutes of Technology to expand the number of apprenticeships available to school leavers.

“This presents a fantastic opportunity for lots of schools leavers and I encourage young people in Carlow to consider an apprenticeship as a way to start their careers and receive quality training on the job.”

IT Carlow is receiving €750,000 in funding to provide additional apprenticeships places in the area of Instrumentation and Electrical Instrumentation..

Nationally, this Government funding will allow the Institutes of Technology to purchase equipment and carry out enabling works for the delivery of new syllabi in 13 existing apprenticeship trades from 2018, in the following areas –
•           Mechanical, Automation, and Maintenance Fitting (MAMF)
•           Industrial Installation
•           Sheet Metalwork
•           Aircraft Maintenance
•           Vehicle Body Repairs
•           Wood Manufacturing and Fitting
•           Brickwork
•           Painting and Decorating
•           Agricultural Mechanisation
•           Toolmaking
•           Electronic Security Systems
•           Electrical Instrumentation & Instrumentation
•           Electrical

“My colleague, the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, is building up the apprenticeship programme again after it was severely reduced during our economic recession. Registrations decreased by 80% after the crash and Minister Bruton is building that back up again to give school leavers a wider range of options.

“Apprenticeships are extremely important to our economy as well as the young people who take them up. Currently, over 5,000 employers use the apprenticeship system as a talent pipeline in Ireland.   It is the Government’s stated aim to the Government’s aim is to double the number of apprenticeships available by 2020.

“I hope to see lots of young people in Carlow benefitting from this expansion of the apprenticeship scheme.

“Apprenticeships are a great way of keeping young people off the Live Register and ensuring they gain both the qualifications and the practical experience and skills to help them build successful careers.”