A fair path to good work
Ireland is lagging far behind Britain and many EU countries in the scale and diversity of apprenticeships currently offered here. Many European countries benefit from a long-standing emphasis placed on the critical importance of apprenticeships and vocational education and training in Europe, and worldwide.
The current Fine Gael-led administration has been extremely delayed in facing the need to develop and advance the apprenticeship sector here. Traditionally, the focus has been on craft apprenticeships in Ireland, but until recently little has been done to expand the range of career-enhancing apprenticeships that can be provided.
Fianna Fáil’s plan for Skills and Apprenticeships
Create a mix of apprenticeship schemes within public body organisations.
Expand the role of SOLAS in initiating and driving new apprenticeship opportunities.
Make information accessible
Open Apprenticeship Offices and launch a comprehensive apprenticeship website to plug current information gaps.
Support firms to take on apprenticeships
Support Irish firms to start apprenticeships across a wide variety of occupations, and target the SME sector.
Grow opportunities within international firms.
Encourage Irish-resident firms with international apprenticeships to set up similar schemes here.
Offer information in Transition Year
Establish a taskforce to examine pre-apprenticeship training in transition year and sixth year in schools.
Reduce the contribution fee
Reduce the pro-rata student contribution fee paid by apprentices.