Government announces €400,000 in funding for Agricultural Mechanisation course

13 trades to benefit from €8m capital funding in 10 Institutes of Technology

Major Equipment International Ltd. in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan
Major Equipment International Ltd. in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

The Government has announced a capital funding of €8m for 10 Institutes of Technology to provide apprenticeship programmes.

The Government has committed to more than doubling the number of new apprentices registered to 9,000 by 2020 and expanding further into new areas.

Budget 2018 allocated €122m for apprenticeship training, an increase of almost 24pc on the previous year.

This will allow the Government to deliver 10 more apprenticeship programmes and over 6,000 more apprenticeship registrations in 2018.

The Plan sets out a clear pathway for developing new apprenticeships, a development timeline of 12-15 months, clear annual targets for apprenticeship registrations as well as targets for the development of new programmes.

The funding announced today will enable the Institutes of Technology to purchase equipment and carry out enabling works for the delivery of new syllabi in  13 existing apprenticeship trades from 2018, in the following areas –

  • Mechanical, Automation, and Maintenance Fitting (MAMF)
  • Industrial Installation
  • Sheet Metalwork
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Vehicle Body Repairs
  • Wood Manufacturing and Fitting
  • Brickwork
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Agricultural Mechanisation
  • Toolmaking
  • Electronic Security Systems
  • Electrical Instrumentation & Instrumentation
  • Electrical

This investment will support an estimated 2,300 additional apprentices that will commence in one of these programmes in 2018 once the works are complete. 

Announcing the funding, Minister Richard Bruton said apprenticeships were one of the great casualties of the recession – registrations fell by 80pc over the period.

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"I am determined during my time as Minister to not only reverse this trend and rebuild traditional pathways but to significantly expand apprenticeships into new industries".

Agricultural Mechanisation

Some €400,000 in funding has been allocated to a new apprenticeship in Agricultural Mechanisation at Institute of Technology Tralee.

The aim of its current Agricultural Mechanisation course is to produce a technician with a fundamental knowledge of the essential engineering skills associated with agricultural machinery.

This knowledge, combined with extensive work based practical learning, will equip the learner with the skills demanded of a technician by the farm machinery industry.

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