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€3,000 apprenticeship incentive scheme launched

A new €3,000 apprenticeship incentive scheme was this week launched, which aims to increase the number of apprentices working in all sectors in Ireland, including the motor industry.

Launched by Simon Harris T.D., Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, it will offer employers €3,000 for each new apprentice registered between March and the end of this year.

There are currently more than 18,000 active apprenticeships ongoing throughout Ireland.

Minister Harris highlighted the government’s ambition in seeing the number of apprentices working in Ireland grow, and said this new scheme will play a key part in the country’s recovery and future.

The government has provided funding for employers in the July Stimulus package.

FTA Ireland, a lead proposer for the ‘Logistics Associate Apprenticeship’, also reacted positively to this new scheme.

Aidan Flynn, FTA Ireland general manager commented: “FTA Ireland has been urging government for more support for employers which take on apprentices for many months, and it is encouraging to see that they have responded to our calls and committed to supporting the future workforce of such a key industry.”

The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship will see its first cohort of students graduate this autumn. FTA Ireland has been a long-term supporter of a robust apprenticeship system which provides ongoing training and education opportunities in the workplace.

Flynn continued: “Supporting businesses as they recruit the workforce of tomorrow will futureproof our sector at such a critical time for the Irish economy. Without this vital capital injection, businesses across logistics would be facing a significant skills shortage paired with a currently ageing workforce that could be difficult to address.

“The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship provides candidates with all the competencies to enter the world of work and start to make a significant contribution to the competitiveness of Ireland PLC. This new financial support will ensure suitable young candidates can be attracted into the sector, and develop their skills to the benefit of the whole Irish supply chain.”