31/07/2015

Apprenticeship Scheme Expanded With 25 New Proposals

Twenty-five new apprenticeship proposals have been put forward as part of an expansion of the current range of programmes under the Apprenticeship scheme.

Making the announcement, the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan, said that the proposals are part of ongoing work to ensure that the system remains responsive to economic and employment needs.

The new proposals are the result of an evaluation process undertaken by the Apprenticeship Council. The Council has assigned these 25 new programmes Category 1 status, meaning that they are both sustainable and at an advanced stage of design, planning and industry/education collaboration. They will now enter a detailed development phase.

The 25 proposals are focussed on a wide range of skills and sectors, including Manufacturing and Engineering, Tourism and Sport, Financial Services, Information Technology, Transport Distribution and Logistics, and Business Administration and Management.

The new types of apprenticeships being proposed today are very flexible, ranging in duration from two to four years, and will be offered at Levels 5 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister O’Sullivan said: "I want to thank the Apprenticeship Council for all the work it has done in bringing us to this point. It represents an important milestone in what has been a concentrated effort to improve the options available to those who wish to participate in apprenticeships, whether they are employers or prospective students.

"I can see from the volume of proposals received that there is a genuine interest from employers in the apprenticeship model. Employers gain not only from taking on committed and ambitious young people, but also from engaging with the education and training system, which ensures that apprentices have the full range of skills required by employers."

(MH)

Related Northern Ireland Recruitment News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

07 June 2010
National Trust Introduce New Apprenticeship Scheme
The National Trust has created a new Apprenticeship Scheme in a bid to tackle the severe building skills shortage in the heritage sector. The programme, which is aimed largely at 16 – 19 year olds, will train young men and women in traditional skills including stone masonry, carpentry, joinery, lead work, plumbing, painting and decorating.
29 August 2013
Minister Launches New Apprenticeship Programme
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has launched a new apprenticeship programme at Norbrook Laboratories Ltd in Newry. Speaking at the launch, the Minister said: "I commend Norbrook Laboratories for creating opportunities for young people to gain employment in the pharmaceutical industry.
20 July 2012
Consultation On New Employment Programme Launched
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today launched a public consultation on a proposed new employment programme for Northern Ireland. The new programme, which has been called provisionally Steps 2 Success (NI), will replace the Department’s main adult return to work provision, Steps to Work, which was introduced in September 2008.
15 August 2012
ICT Apprenticeship Scheme Launches
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr. Stephen Farry and Finance and Personnel Minister, Sammy Wilson, today launched an ICT Apprenticeship Scheme to recruit individuals into this growing and exciting sector.
03 November 2011
Cable Welcomes Big Rise in Apprenticeship Numbers
Provisional figures published on Tuesday indicate that apprenticeship starts for academic year 2010/11 have risen by more than 50 per cent compared with final figures from 2009-10. The Statistical First Release shows that apprenticeship numbers have risen across all age ranges and levels of training across the apprenticeships programme.