€240,000 to support apprenticeship programmes in GMIT has been announced this morning by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.
€180,000 has been allocated to support motor apprenticeships while €60,000 has been allocated to support electrical apprenticeships.
The funding will enable GMIT to purchase new equipment and update its infrastructure.
The funding forms part of the Government’s commitment, under Project Ireland 2040, to increase investment in higher and further education and training and to the modernisation of equipment available for craft apprenticeship provision. There was an 80% increase in apprenticeship registrations between 2015 and 2018.
Minister Ring says apprenticeships offer fantastic opportunities and he would encourage any person in Mayo who is looking at their career options, especially students preparing to sit exams this week, to strongly consider the many benefits of an apprenticeship.