26 new apprenticeship programmes have been announced this morning – including training in everything from scaffolding to CGI animation.
It’s part of a government plan to more than double the number of new apprentices by 2020.
They’re being offered for the first time in areas like healthcare, equine science and agriculture.
The opportunities also include training in Sport Turf Management, Software Design and Geo Drilling.
Minister for Training and Skills John Halligan said there was a recognition that there had been a depletion in apprenticeships and skills over the last 10 years: “We had significant loses in basic apprenticeships like carpentry, electricians, bricklaying and so on that can do damage to the economy”.
The Waterford TD said “Today’s announcement is an important step in meeting the targets set out in our Apprenticeship and Traineeship Plan, which seeks to double the number of annual apprenticeship and traineeship enrolments to 14,000 by 2020”.