New €2,000 support for Apprenticeship Employers

21 December 2021 

Dept.-of-Further-and-Higher-Education-logoMinister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has announced the introduction of an annual grant of €2,000 for employers who employ apprentices in one of the 37 apprenticeships which have been established since 2016.

The new Employer Grant is funded in Budget 2022 and will see annual payments to employers for apprenticeships which are not eligible for the payment of off-the-job training allowances. For the first time, employers of all apprentices will now have access to financial support, either through direct payment of allowances to apprentices or through the new employer grant.

Referring to the increase in apprenticeship registrations in 2021, Minister Harris said: 'We are announcing a range of important supports for businesses including a €2,000 grant for employers. This will help address the cost of employing apprentices and encourage employers to consider apprenticeship as something that is excellent for business and excellent for the learner. We have over 62 apprenticeship programmes from engineering to accounting, hairdressing, biopharma. You can be an apprentice in your local retail centre or restaurant, an up- and- coming small or medium sized firm, or the multinational company around the corner'.

Minister Harris also announced the appointment of Dr Mary-Liz Trant as the Director of the National Apprenticeship Office. Dr Mary-Liz Trant is a teacher by profession and has been working for over 25 years in further and higher education, holding senior posts in SOLAS and the Higher Education Authority.

He stated 'I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Mary-Liz Trant as the Director of our new National Apprenticeship Office. Mary-Liz will bring a wealth of experience and a dynamism to this really important area'.

Read about the announcement in full here

 Click here to access the Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021 to 2025