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Minister Announces 7.5 million funding for apprenticeship programmes

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD announced 7.5 million in funding for apprenticeships at Institutes of Technology.

Minister Announces 7.5 million funding for apprenticeship programmes

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, along with Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD, announced today that €7.5 million in funding will be allocated to nine Institutes of Technology and the Technology University Dublin, which will be put towards modernising both syllabi and equipment for various craft apprenticeships.

As the number of people in the country following the apprenticeship route continues to rise, the need for resources increases. The funding is representative of the government's commitment to increasing investing in higher and further education, under Project Ireland 2040. The funding will be instrumental in allowing higher education institutions to purchase new equipment and update their infrastructure for craft apprenticeship programmes.

The following apprenticeship programmes will benefit from the investment:


These craft apprenticeships are run by the following institutions:
The annoucement brings the total capital funding allocated to support the modernising of craft apprenticeship programmes in the sector since 2017 to more than €23 million. Budget 2019 allocated a total of €142 million to apprenticeship programmes in IoTs and TU Dublin. Minister McHugh outlined the benefit of the funding and reaffirmed the significance of apprenticeships, saying "apprenticeships offer fantastic opportunities and I would encourage any person looking at their career options, especially students preparing to sit exams this week, to strongly consider the many benefits of apprenticeship. Minister O'Connor said that the funding will ensure that apprentices are "trained to the highest level possible". Additionally, Minister Halligan detailed how the funding will help to allow for an increase in apprenticeship places and the number of apprenticeship programmes offered.

Find out more about the Department of Education and Skills HERE.
To find out more about apprenticeships, see the CareersPortal apprenticeships page HERE.
See more information for apprenticeship.ie HERE.

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