A new five-year plan for the apprenticeship sector has been published by Government today.
The Apprenticeship Action Plan commits to increase the number of new apprentices to 10,000 every year from 2025, doubling the number from last year.
Employers will get around 3,000 euros per year for each apprentice they take on from 2022.
A bursary programme is also being developed for people from disadvantaged groups or backgrounds that would see them paid 5,000 euro a year, which will be capped at 100 members.
The plan also aims to create a new Apprenticeship Office; there’ll be targets for the public sector to take on apprentices, the creation of cross-sector apprenticeships and new cross-border apprentice programmes and the potential for apprentices to study abroad.
Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary and Sinn Fein Deputy Rose Conway Walsh have been debating the plan with Midwest News...