Wicklow businesses are being urged to avail of new Government grants to take on apprentices.
Businesses who take on apprentices are now entitled to a €2,000 payment - €1,000 in June and a further €1,000 at the end of the year. In addition, employers who take on an underrepresented gender are entitled to an additional grant of €2,666.
The grants can be used to help to cover training and mentoring costs.
Further Education Minister Simon Harris said: “As Minister for Further and Higher Education I introduced the apprenticeship grant in Budget 2022 to help business– small, medium or indeed self-employed - to cover the costs of apprentices’ salaries, mentoring and training costs.
Minister Harris said over 2,500 people have been registered as an apprentice so far this year – higher than the same period in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
The Wicklow Deputy said he wants to see options for young people “and increasing local employment also helps to revitalise the communities in towns and villages across Wicklow.”
Apprenticeships are now available in many industries right across in Ireland, from technology to biopharma, to engineering, manufacturing, hospitality and many more. It is intended to provide a pipeline of talent for businesses and opportunities for training and development to apprentices.
“This grant is going to really encourage small businesses, who are the backbone of our economy in Ireland, to take on apprentices,” the minister said.
The grant will be paid in arrears in two payments annually, with €1,000 payable mid-year and a further €1,000 at year-end. For two-year apprenticeships, employers are eligible to claim up to €4000 over the period.
For three-year apprenticeships, employers are eligible for up to €6,000 and up to €8,000 on a four-year apprenticeship.
Employers who believe they are eligible for the grant but who have not yet registered for Apprenticeship Online can contact email@example.com to register their details for the new scheme.
Employers can complete the user-friendly online application process in minutes, confirming their contact details, a pre-populated list of their current apprentices, their bank details and tax clearance details.
It is intended that completed applications will be processed quickly and employers would then receive the grant directly into their bank account.
For more information, visit apprenticeship.ie.