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New Apprenticeships focus on wide range of Skills and Sectors

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New Apprenticeships focus on wide range of Skills and Sectors

Thursday, July 30, 2015 

New Apprenticeships focus on wide range of Skills and Sectors

Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD, have today announced the 25 new apprenticeship areas.

There are currently 27 categories of apprenticeship available in five sectors: construction, electrical work, engineering, motor mechanics and printing, under the State training and education scheme. 

The additional areas where apprenticeships will now be available are:

  • Higher Apprenticeship in Accountancy
  • Butchery and Fresh Food Retail
  • OEM Technician
  • Travel Professional
  • Craft Welder
  • Advanced Craft Welder
  • Telecommunications Field Technician
  • Network Engineering
  • Software Developer
  • Financial Services Generalist
  • Baker
  • Financial Services Specialist
  • Butchery and Fresh Food Retail
  • Financial Services Advanced Specialist
  • Commis Chef (IHF)
  • Commis Chef (IT Tralee)
  • Sous Chef
  • Field Service Engineer – Electrical Technology
  • Chef de Partie
  • General Insurance Practitioner
  • Executive Chef
  • Polymer Processing Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • HGV Driver
  • Warehouse and Distribution Operative
  • Polymer Processing Technician

Programmes will range in duration from two to four years, and it is expected 50-100 apprentices will be taken in under each heading, creating as many as 2,500 places each year.

A significant feature of the new apprenticeships is that participants can study to level 7 (ordinary bachelor’s degree) or level 8 (higher bachelor’s degree) whereas previously the highest qualification was a diploma at level 6. There is one programme offering at level 9 (master’s) - an apprenticeship as an executive chef through IT Tralee’s school of culinary arts.

The new proposals are the result of an evaluation process undertaken by the Apprenticeship Council. The Council has assigned these 25 new programmes Category 1 status, meaning that they are both sustainable and at an advanced stage of design, planning and industry/education collaboration. They will now enter a detailed development phase.

The 25 proposals are focussed on a wide range of skills and sectors, including Manufacturing and Engineering, Tourism and Sport, Financial Services, Information Technology, Transport Distribution and Logistics, and Business Administration and Management.

A further 36 apprenticeships are under consideration from a total of 86 possible schemes identified by the Apprenticeship Council following an eight month consultation process.

"The new types of apprenticeships being proposed today are very flexible, ranging in duration from two to four years, and will be offered at Levels 5 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications".

Details of the new apprenticeships will be available here on the Apprenticeships area of CareersPortal as soon as they become available.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister O’Sullivan said: “I want to thank the Apprenticeship Council for all the work it has done in bringing us to this point. It represents an important milestone in what has been a concentrated effort to improve the options available to those who wish to participate in apprenticeships, whether they are employers or prospective students.

“I can see from the volume of proposals received that there is a genuine interest from employers in the apprenticeship model. Employers gain not only from taking on committed and ambitious young people, but also from engaging with the education and training system, which ensures that apprentices have the full range of skills required by employers.” 

Minister English said: “If Ireland is to be both competitive and innovative we need a highly skilled workforce. Apprenticeships offer a tried and tested method of developing highly skilled workers using a powerful mixture of course work and practical on the job learning. I am delighted we are now about to double the number of Apprenticeship Schemes to better serve the needs of a whole new range of industry sectors, and to offer new and exciting career opportunities to our people.

“An apprenticeship is more than just a route into work; the experience and skills it provides allow people to flourish in their careers and rise to the very top. I would urge young people to actively look at an Apprenticeship as the foundation of their future career - it certainly worked for Jamie Oliver.”

Both Ministers thanked the Apprenticeship Council for their ongoing work in the area, and acknowledged the high level of interest and commitment shown by the proposers of the new programmes, thanking them for their engagement and enthusiasm.

Pat O’Doherty, Chairperson of the Apprenticeship Council, said: “The Apprenticeship Council was really encouraged by the number and quality of the proposals we received.  We believe that there is now an excellent pipeline of potential new apprenticeships in Ireland and we look forward to working with proposers to develop and deliver these new programmes.”

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