Mayo apprentices graduate with Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB

Posted in Connect on October 26, 2018.


GRADUATING apprentices from Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim, who recently completed their apprenticeship, have been presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft. The event was co-hosted by SOLAS and Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB. Speaking at the presentation, Deputy Tony McLoughlin, Sligo-Leitrim, spoke of the high quality of the Irish apprenticeship system, the growing demand for people with vocational skills and how the Irish apprenticeship programme has proven hugely successful in developing highly skilled workers like those receiving the Advanced Certificate today.

“The skills learned through an apprenticeship are invaluable and offer real job opportunities. Businesses need people with strong practical skills and apprenticeship and vocational training are key to delivering these,” he commented.At the most recent World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi, seven Medallions of Excellence were achieved by a team of 14 young apprentices, trainees and students who represented Ireland.

The Advanced Certificate Craft is at Level 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications and is an internationally recognised qualification.

Said Tom Grady, CE , Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB: “As ETBs we are delighted to be part of the Advanced Certificate Craft Presentation which, in an economy demanding high skill levels, innovation and problem solving skills, will open many opportunities for those who achieve this qualification.”

As Ireland’s economy continues to recover and businesses expand, there is a growing demand for people with vocational skills. Businesses need people with strong practical skills and apprenticeship is key to delivering this.The Irish apprenticeship system has proven highly successful in developing highly skilled workers like those receiving the Advanced Certificate Craft.

There has been an increased focus on apprenticeships in recent years. Apprenticeship in Ireland has traditionally been the path to skilled occupations in a range of sectors such as construction, engineering, motor and electrical. However, under the guidance of the Apprenticeship Council, the apprenticeship system in Ireland is expanding. Things are changing, with an expanded model of apprenticeship, in which a wider range of occupations are attracting more people into apprenticeships.

Sixteen new statutory apprenticeships have now been launched in sectors such as auctioneering and property services, finance, biopharma and ICT. In addition, over 36 apprenticeships are in development across a range of sectors. Alongside this, we are seeing an increase in the number of new apprentices being registered across the all of the current trades. This is a testament to the high regard which the apprenticeship system in Ireland is held. It has long been respected as a comprehensive and successful career and education route for people of all ages.

Connaught Telegraph 25th October 2018

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