10 Institutes of Technology reap €8m in government funding
12 June 2018
Capital funding of €8 million has been awarded to 10 Institutes of Technology, it has been announced.
The government said it was committed to more than doubling the number of new apprentices registered to 9,000 by 2020 and expanding further into new areas. Budget 2018 has allocated €122 million for apprenticeship training, an increase of almost 24 per cent on the previous year, it said. This will allow the delivery of 10 more apprenticeship programmes and more than 6,000 more apprenticeship registrations in 2018.
The funding 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
The investment will support an estimated 2,300 additional apprentices that will commence in one of these programmes in 2018 once the works are complete.
Minister Richard Bruton TD said: “Apprenticeships were one of the great casualties of the recession – registrations fell by 80 per cent over the period. 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.
“Building strong pathways to education is key to delivering on our ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026.
“We’ve committed to doubling the number of apprenticeships and traineeships by 2020. Today’s investment will enable Institutes of Technology across the country to purchase equipment and update their infrastructure so that they can deliver a new modernised syllabi in 13 trades – from brickwork to aircraft maintenance, supporting almost 2,300 apprentices that will commence one of these programmes this year.
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