Praise for Ir­ish ap­pren­tice­ships

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

There was high praise for the Ir­ish ap­pren­tice­ship sys­tem at a grad­u­at­ing cer­e­mony in Sligo hosted by SOLAS, and Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB.

Grad­u­at­ing ap­pren­tices from Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim, who re­cently com­pleted their ap­pren­tice­ship were pre­sented with their Ad­vanced Cer­tifi­cate Craft.

Speak­ing at the pre­sen­ta­tion, Deputy Tony McLough­lin spoke of the high qual­ity of the Ir­ish ap­pren­tice­ship sys­tem, the grow­ing de­mand for peo­ple with vo­ca­tional skills and how the Ir­ish ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme has proven hugely suc­cess­ful in de­vel­op­ing highly skilled work­ers.

“The skills learned through an ap­pren­tice­ship are in­valu­able and of­fer real job op­por­tu­ni­ties. Busi­nesses need peo­ple with strong prac­ti­cal skills and ap­pren­tice­ship and vo­ca­tional train­ing are key to de­liv­er­ing these.”

Mary-Liz Trant, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor for Skills De­vel­op­ment, SOLAS, drew at­ten­tion to the cal­i­bre of the Ir­ish Ap­pren­tice­ship sys­tem which is recog­nised na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. An ex­am­ple of the stan­dards achieved by ap­pren­tices dur­ing their ap­pren­tice­ship is the suc­cess ob­tained by the Ir­ish Team at suc­ces­sive World Skills Com­pe­ti­tions. This is a re­mark­able achieve­ment and it proves be­yond doubt that our Ap­pren­tice­ship sys­tem and our Ap­pren­tices are among the best in the world.”

The Ad­vanced Cer­tifi­cate Craft is at Level 6 of the Na­tional Frame­work of Qual­i­fi­ca­tions and is an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Six­teen new statu­tory ap­pren­tice­ships have now been launched in sec­tors such as auc­tion­eer­ing and prop­erty ser­vices, fi­nance, bio­pharma and ICT. In ad­di­tion, over 36 ap­pren­tice­ships are in de­vel­op­ment across a range of sec­tors.

The ap­pren­tices with Deputy Tony McLough­lin.

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