EU Programme aims to ‘RAISE’ profile of Ireland’s apprenticeship opportunities

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen, TD, launched Regional Apprenticeship Alliance for SMEs (RAISE) on a recent visit to LYIT

RAISE_Mar17The launch of the Regional Apprenticeship Alliance for SMEs (RAISE) by Minister Breen is considered timely given the Government’s ambitious commitment to having 50,000 apprenticeships in place by the year 2020 (Action Plan Expand Apprenticeship Traineeship in Ireland 2016).  The Apprenticeship Alliances project seeks to build the capacity of intermediary bodies to develop and operate support structures which will facilitate SMEs, especially small and micro enterprises, to become apprentice employers.  The Alliance itself is made of a total of nine partners hailing from Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, France, UK, Ireland and Belgium.

Speaking at the launch Dr Pádraig Gallagher, Project Lead at LYIT, said, “Persistently high youth unemployment and the education-skills mismatch have spurred governments to undertake vocational, education and training (VET) reform to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.  We are delighted to be in a position to contribute in a meaningful way with our project partners to this important area of reform and growth”.

A key output of the project is the formation of six Regional Alliances in the partner countries.  LYIT will lead in the creation of the Irish Regional Alliance which is due to meet for the first time this month in advance of the second project partner meeting which will take place in Lisburn, Co Antrim.

The alliance will develop a concrete action plan with individual and collective commitments over the next six months.  LYIT will also take a key role in monitoring and evaluating the project outcomes.

Michael Tunney, Chief Executive of Donegal Local Enterprise Office, said, “There is a large body of work required to reinstate the apprenticeship system on the employment landscape.  A key challenge of this is examining the current mind-set of people towards apprenticeships.  In developing new apprenticeships we must ensure that we are filling the skills gaps and fulfilling the requirements of apprentice employers and SMEs in particular”.

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(L-R): John Andy Bonar, LYIT; Carole Brenan and Marian Roberts, Enterprise Ireland; Dr Pádraig Gallagher, LYIT; Minister Pat Breen, TD; Minister Joe McHugh, TD; Michael Tunney, Donegal Local Enterprise Office; and Henry McGarvey, LYIT.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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For further information contact: Karen McCormick, European Project Officer, LYIT on +353 74 9186064 or +353 86 3871880 or karen.mccormick@lyit.ie.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:49:00 GMT


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