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50,000 New Apprenticeships by 2020-Labour is Standing up for Young People

Posted on January 21, 2016 at 10:58 AM

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Last night at our Connolly Cafe with Labour Youth , Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan announced if re-elected to Government Labour will create 50,000 additional apprenticeship places by 2020.

Since entering government in 2011 Labour Ministers for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn and Jan O'Sullivan have made significant reforms in modernising the existing apprenticeship system through the work of the Apprenticeship Council. The planning and development of 25 new apprenticeship programmes is currently underway and will lead to a number of these progressing to enrolment later this year.


Infographic apprenticeships

The last four years have seen major progress in rejuvenating Ireland’s apprenticeship system. In 2015 the Apprenticeship Council will have reviewed a range of sectors where new apprenticeships could make a very substantial contribution. Following the assessment by the Apprenticeship Council new apprenticeships will be established throughout this year – providing high-quality professional training and a clear career path for a new generation of job seekers. Alongside this initiative the review of all current apprenticeships will continue. Over the last year alone, we have seen the number of people taking up apprenticeships almost double, as a result of Labour action in this area.

Minister O’Sullivan said, “For too long apprenticeships have been undervalued in Ireland. I believe a range of growing sectors of the economy can benefit from the apprenticeship system. This will provide job seekers with excellent training and on-thejob experience leading to high quality qualifications. This is a very exciting and long overdue development in our labour market policies.”

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