Limerick Labour TD and former Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has welcomed the allocation of €1,250,000 to Limerick Institute of Technology for the development of its apprenticeship programmes.
“ Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to earn and learn and I have long advocated for this to be a real option for young people leaving school that will lead to a good career and also contribute to the much-needed workers in areas such as construction where there is a real shortage of skilled craft-workers.”
“When I was Minister for Education and Skills I set up the Apprenticeship Council and since then the number of apprentices has been steadily growing and is now over 15,000.”
“LIT has had a tradition of providing apprenticeship programmes and is well placed to expand its offering with the development of the Coonagh Cross campus. I am delighted for them that they have now got one of the highest allocations of all the 3rd level institutions. Their programmes will include Electrical, Brickwork, motor, carpentry and machine shops.”
“I would encourage the students who will be starting their Leaving Certificate exams this week to consider an apprenticeship along with the other options available to them. This funding is a very positive injection of confidence in the Apprenticeship model,” concluded Deputy O’Sullivan.”