Ireland’s labour market needs a strong apprenticeship culture and framework, and despite government reviews and a new framework, the preponderance of apprenticeships remain in traditional craft areas. Apprenticeships currently available include those in construction, electrical, engineering, finance and motor. The extended time taken for apprenticeships in development, currently 19, shows that further revisions and supports are needed to enable the expansion of apprenticeships and better engagement with employers.
www.apprenticeship.ie contains information on current apprenticeships and those in development as well as guidance for setting up an apprenticeship, namely Developing a National Apprenticeship Handbook, and Apprenticeship Proposal Guidance Notes.
Any employers interested in understanding the opportunity that an apprenticeship structure provides should contact the Apprenticeship Council or visit www.apprenticeship.ie.