The Government is in the process of developing ambitious plans to increase participation in apprenticeships in Ireland. Currently just 2% of school-leavers sign up to apprenticeship programmes and the hope is to significantly increase that number.
Increasing participation faces a number of difficulties, not least of which is funding and investment, but also the public’s perception of apprenticeship. Although mostly associated with the construction, engineering and craft sectors, the Government hope to widen the scheme to areas such as IT and financial services.
For further details please follow the link to Carl O’Brien’s article in the Irish Times