25 New Apprenticeships Announced for Millennial Job Seeker
25 New Apprenticeships Announced in Blue Chip, Financial, Medical & Restaurant Services under the New Apprenticeship Scheme
Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, has announced a host of new apprenticeships to be developed over the coming months. As part of the state’s expansion of the traditional apprenticeship scheme over 80 new apprenticeships are set to be introduced in addition to 25 existing apprenticeships in the 5 traditional areas of construction, electrical work, engineering, motor mechanics and printing. Of the 80 new training areas 25 of them are prioritised due to a distinct lack of qualified graduates in these specific fields.
The prioritised areas include sectors such as ICT, financial and medical devices, hospitality and manufacturing. The aim of these apprenticeships, offered through SÓLAS is to provide high-quality professional training and a clear career path for the Millennial job seeker.
The new types of apprenticeships proposed today are very flexible in terms of duration and the range of qualification available to those interested in them. The 25 areas offering apprenticeships to students are likely to appeal to those interested in both the practical and academic aspects of further education, and those who want to attend college and gain real on-the job experience simultaneously.
Higher Apprenticeship in AccountancyButchery & Fresh Food RetailOriginal Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Technician
Travel ProfessionalCraft WelderAdvanced Craft Welder
Telecommunications Field TechnicianNetwork EngineeringSoftware Developer
Financial Services GeneralistFinancial Services Advanced SpecialistCommis Chef (IHF)
Commis Chef (IT Tralee)Sous ChefField Service Engineer – Electrical Technology
Chef de PartieExecutive ChefGeneral Insurance Practitioner
Polymer Processing EngineerManufacturing EngineerManufacturing Technician
Polymer Processing TechnicianWarehouse & Distribution Operative
Duration & QQI Level of Apprenticeship
Each apprenticeship scheme will differ in the duration and QQI level on the at which it is offered. Many will be linked to IT’s around in various parts of the country which will be directly linked to the skill set and expertise of staff in those IT’s.
In terms of duration an apprenticeship will last between two to four years, follow a strict programme of training and be offered from Levels 5 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications
In addition to creating new types of apprenticeships as outlined above, the Department of Education aim to increase total numbers enrolling on the 5 traditional apprenticeships schemes in construction, electrical work, engineering, motor mechanics and printing.