Senator Fiona O’Loughlin welcomes recovery in apprenticeship registrations

Fianna Fail Senator and education spokesperson Fiona O’Loughlin has welcomed the recovery in apprenticeships this year.

Senator O’Loughlin said “The Government have set an ambitious goal to reach 10,000 new apprentices ever year. Year to date, we have 6,471 registrations. This increase is very welcome, as it does not only exceed the registrations for 2020, which of course were severely impacted by covid, but is 25% higher than 2019”

“There are also supports provided for in Budget 2022 for a new grant for employers of apprentices who are not benefitting from direct off-the-job training allowance payments. This means, that for the first time, employers of all apprentices will now have access to some level of support.”

“The progress made to date in terms of apprenticeships is really important. On the job training, and promoting trades is really important. Especially for our young people, we need to ensure that there is a real alternative to going to college or University- that route is not for everyone, and we need to offer alternative education and career paths”

Fiona concluded “There is no doubt that the workplace is changing, and apprenticeships will play a pivotal role in ensuring that our workforce keeps pace with this change.”