01 May, 2019 - Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor Leads Generation Apprenticeship – What’s Next Employer Consultation Event

Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (1 May 2019) opened an apprenticeship employer consultation event to hear ideas on current and future apprenticeship provision. The event, entitled Generation Apprenticeship – What’s Next?, was organised by the Apprenticeship Council and held in Dublin’s Gibson Hotel.

Today’s event aims to provide a wide range of employers with a platform to give feedback on their experience of engaging with the expanded and reformed apprenticeship system. This feedback will inform the development of a successor to the Government’s Action Plan to Expand Apprenticeship and Traineeship 2016-2020. Under the Action Plan, 20 new apprenticeship programmes have already been developed across a variety of sectors, ranging from financial services and ICT to hospitality. A strong pipeline to deliver further new apprenticeships is also in place.

The Minister said: “I am delighted to see so much positivity and engagement from employers, and to hear valuable feedback on how new apprenticeships are working and evolving in partnership with education providers. Apprenticeship starts with employers – industry input is vital to ensuring that this method of progression is available for young people to experience the workplace, to develop and become highly skilled, to secure bright futures in a whole host of new careers.

“The Government’s major project of expansion of apprenticeship is bearing fruit for employers and learners. Apprenticeship registrations have increased by over 80 per cent in the last three years and there are now almost 16,000 people ‘earning and learning’ through apprenticeships. Over 1,000 of these apprentices are benefiting from an exciting range of high-quality new programmes developed over the last three years.

“Employers know better than anyone what skills they value, and their input to this system is fundamentally important. The new generation of apprenticeships demonstrates how employers can give our young people a really competitive offering to enter the workplace and progress in their careers.  We need to listen to, understand and try to address barriers to employer engagement with apprenticeship if we are to build on the successes already achieved.”

The event is part of the Government’s initiative to ensure the greatest possible engagement by employers to deliver opportunities for young people and to deliver highly relevant skills into Irish workplaces. Government and the Apprenticeship Council are keen to learn from the experiences and opinions of employers, including on perceived barriers to recruiting apprentices, to evolve the apprenticeship model over the coming period.

The Minister said: “What we hear today will be taken forward into our plans as we embark on a new phase of renewal of the apprenticeship system. We hope to get rich and clear feedback both on how well our new programmes are working to deliver on employer needs and on the effectiveness of the apprenticeship model as a whole.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editor

 

Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education and training institution. An apprenticeship prepares participants for a specific occupation and leads to a qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications. Since the 1970s it is estimated that over 105,000 apprentices have been trained in Ireland. The current apprenticeship population now stands at 16,000.

To date, following the Apprenticeship Council’s two calls for proposals in 2015 and 2017, 20 new consortia-led apprenticeship programmes have been developed. These new programmes span a variety of sectors ranging from financial services and ICT to hospitality. Further new apprenticeships are due to get underway in 2019 and 2020 in various sectors including construction, engineering and agriculture. The 45 apprenticeships currently available are listed below.

 

 

Apprenticeship

NFQ Level

Duration

 

CONTRUCTION

 

 

1

Brick   and Stonelaying

Level   6

4   Years

2

Carpentry   and Joinery

Level   6

4   Years

3

Painting   and Decorating

Level   6

4   Years

4

Plastering

Level   6

4   Years

5

Plumbing

Level   6

4   Years

6

Stonecutting   and Stonemasonry

Level   6

4   Years

7

Wood   Manufacturing and Finishing

Level   6

4   Years

 

ELECTRICAL

 

 

8

Aircraft   Mechanics

Level   6

4   Years

9

Electrical

Level   6

4   Years

10

Electrical   Instrumentation

Level   6

4   Years

11

Electronic   Security Systems

Level   6

4   Years

12

Instrumentation

Level   6

4   Years

13

Refrigeration   and Air Conditioning

Level   6

4   Years

 

ENGINEERING

 

 

14

Farriery

Level   6

4   Years

15

Industrial   Electrical Engineering

Level   7

2   Years

16

Industrial   Insulation

Level   6

4   Years

17

Manufacturing   Engineering

Level   7

3   Years

18

Manufacturing   Technology

Level   6

2   Years

19

Mechanical   Automation and Maintenance Fitting

Level   6

4   Years

20

Metal   Fabrication

Level   6

4   Years

21

Pipefitting

Level   6

4   Years

22

Polymer   Processing Technology

Level   7

3   Years

23

Sheet   Metalworking

Level   6

4   Years

24

Toolmaking

Level   6

4   Years

25

Original   Equipment Manufacture (OEM)

Level   6

3   years

 

ACCOUNTING

 

 

26

Accounting   Technician

Level   6

2   years

27

Insurance   Practice

Level   8

3   Years

28

International   Financial Services Associate

Level   6

2   years

29

International   Financial Services Specialist

Level   8

2   years

 

ICT

 

 

30

      ICT Associate Professional Network Engineer

Level   6

2   years

31

      ICT Associate Professional Software Developer

Level   6

2   years

32

Cybersecurity Associate

Level   6

2   years

 

      HOSPITALITY

 

 

33

Commis   Chef

Level   6

2   years

34

Chef   de Partie

Level   7

4   Years

35

Sous   Chef

Level   8

2   years

 

MOTOR

 

 

36

Agricultural   Mechanics

Level   6

4   Years

37

Construction   Plant Fitting

Level   6

4   Years

38

Heavy   Vehicle Mechanics

Level   6

4   Years

39

Motor   Mechanics

Level   6

4   Years

40

Vehicle   Body Repairs

Level   6

4   Years

 

LOGISTICS

 

 

41

Logistics   Associate

Level   6

2   Years

 

AUCTIONEERING

 

 

42

Auctioneering   and Property Services

Level   6

2   Years

 

BIOPHARMA

 

 

43

Laboratory   Analyst

Level   7

3   Years

44

Laboratory   Technician

Level   6

2   Years

 

FOOD   MANUFACTURING

 

 

45

Butcher

Level   5

3   years