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ETBI Welcomes the Announced Expansion of Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programmes

ETBI Welcomes the Announced Expansion of Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programmes


Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) welcomes the announcement by Ministers Bruton and Halligan to significantly expand apprenticeship and traineeship programmes by 2020.

Reviewing the government’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship Plan launched today,

Michael Moriarty

ETBI General Secretary Michael Moriarty states:

The transformation of vocational education in recent years has been phenomenal and will provide a significant boost to economic recovery. But the fact that there are significant skills shortages impacting on industry must be addressed urgently if we are to maintain the momentum of economic recovery.

The targets set in the Plan to increase the number of individual apprenticeship programmes from 27 to 67 and more than double the 2016 number of apprenticeship and traineeship registrations by 2020 are challenging; but they are challenges that ETBI’s member Education and Training Boards (ETBs) are up for.

As the state training agencies, Ireland’s sixteen ETBs are already engaged with industry through regional skills fora, which works to identify skills needs and in the development programmes to address those needs.

In 2017 and beyond, ETBs will establish new partnerships with industry to form apprenticeship consortia that will oversee the development and management of new apprenticeship and traineeship programmes in a wide range of new sectors such as hospitality, finance, marketing, medical devices, polymer processing, financial services and digital sales. The expansion into these new areas will be critically important for enhancing the image of apprenticeships and traineeships as attractive alternative pathways to the traditional progression choice of third level education, and will help to attract the targeted numbers in the Plan.

You can view the Department of Education & Skills press release here Ministers Bruton and Halligan announce 50,000 apprenticeships and traineeships by 2020 under new Government plan


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