Ibec welcomes Government Action Plan to Expand Appreticeships and Traineeships
Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has said the publication of the Action Plan to Expand Apprenticeships and Traineeships will boost skills levels across the country and help young job seekers find direct entry into the workforce. The Government Plan sets out a detailed roadmap on how new occupational apprenticeships will be rolled out.
Ibec Head of Education Policy Tony Donohoe said: "In recent years there has been a lot of discussion about the potential of apprenticeships to boost skill levels across the economy and get people into sustainable jobs. However, this is the first time we have seen a plan with specific targets, clear steps for development and commitments to timelines. The plan commits to an overall development timeline of 12-15 months for new occupational apprenticeships. It is critical that this time frame is met if we hope to create new apprenticeships quickly enough to react to emerging skills needs.
“Companies will be involved in both the design of curricula and in the delivery of programmes, some of which extend up to degree level. This will ensure the continuing relevance of qualifications in a rapidly changing labour market. We believe that this will offer a real alternative to ambitious and capable young people who may be looking for alternatives to direct entry from school to higher education"