Aidan Kenny: Apprenticeships are a vital rung on the ladder
Going straight from school to higher education is not for every teenager.
Indeed, while a third-level qualification is increasingly a prerequisite for getting a foothold in the workplace, there are other routes through which school-leavers can pursue a meaningful and fulfilling career.
Among the victims of the economic downturn were apprenticeships. Traditionally, they offered a very important pathway for young people with particular aptitudes and skills.