Three hundred people in Donegal are undertaking apprenticeships in Donegal, a figure that is set to increase dramatically in the next two years, according to Vinny McGroary of the Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB).
In a presentation recently to the ETB meeting, Mr McGroary said that 2,218 are undertaking apprenticeships in 2016 but added that the figure is set to increase to 4,665 in 2018.
“The numbers are increasing and are going to be two fold,” Mr McGroary said.
The ETB board heard that those undertaking apprentices can educate themselves to a Masters level under the apprentice scheme.
The new schemes will now see employers pay for the apprentices during the course of their education.
Mr. McGroary told members of the ETB that by 2020 there would be a hundred new courses available for those hoping to begin an apprentice.
Councillor Michael McBride congratulated all involved in the project and said that the news was very welcome.
“It's as good a news as I have heard in a while. I'd like to congratulate everyone involved with this programme,” he said.
He added that he had spoken to many employers who had difficulty employing new recruits.
Mr. McGroary said that these were “exciting times.”
There will be no age limit on apprenticeships. For many years, employees were paid to train apprentices.
A number of the new apprentice courses include, commis chef, executive chef, chef de partie among others.
For further information contact the Education and Training Board in Letterkenny.