Government announces €400,000 in funding for Agricultural Mechanisation course
13 trades to benefit from €8m capital funding in 10 Institutes of Technology
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
- Painting and Decorating
- Agricultural Mechanisation
- Electronic Security Systems
- Electrical Instrumentation & Instrumentation
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.