Minister Harris Announces New Apprenticeship Programmes

14 January 2022 

Minister Harris announces 17 new apprenticeship programmes will be developed in 2022

From Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science   

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Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today announced 17 new apprenticeship programmes will be developed during 2022.

The development of the new programmes are intended to help deliver on the commitments made under the Programme for Government to support and drive the economy, while addressing the skills requirements identified across society.

Speaking today, Minister Harris said:

 "I’m delighted to announce the development of these new programmes today, which are a vital step towards increasing annual apprenticeship registrations to 10,000 by 2025.

"In order to meet our targets we require an apprenticeship system that is flexible and responsive, providing a strong value proposition for employers and potential apprentices, is attractive and easy to engage with, and which delivers high standards and sought after qualifications, therefore embedding apprenticeship as a preferred route to skills development.

"We now have 62 apprenticeship programmes. Eight new programmes were launched over 2020 and 2021 despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 and we have a further four programmes close to launch. People are responding to this variety and as of last week, we had over 8,000 new registrations this year. Across 2022, we will expand the system further, to create even more employment and learning opportunities for people."

Under the Action Plan for Apprenticeships, the number of new apprentice registrations is to grow to 10,000 per year by 2025.

The 17 new courses being developed over the coming year are in the areas of agriculture, engineering, construction, equine, finance, hospitality and food, ICT and logistics.

Minister Harris added:

"I will be bringing forward legislation to allow for the delivery of apprenticeships in agriculture, where we will seek to develop apprenticeships in farm manger and farm technician roles.

"In construction, you will also be able to access a master’s level qualification in Quantity Surveying through the apprenticeship route.

"An apprenticeship in Commercial Driving is being developed. And this is key as there is a real labour and skill shortage emerging in the transport and haulage sector. These will complement the existing logistics apprenticeships.

"We have set ourselves ambitious targets, but we are delivering on them. As of last month we had 7,484 apprenticeship registrations this year – a 25 per cent increase on pre-pandemic 2019 figures for the same period. This has continued to increase and just last week, we achieved over 8,000 registrations so far this year.

"I hope these new opportunities to learn in a practical way, as well as the changes we recently announced to the CAO webpage, will help deliver the message that an apprenticeship can provide a real and substantive career pathway for school leavers, those looking to upskill, change career or for people who are looking for a route back to employment in new and growing areas."

The 17 new apprenticeships under development during 2022 are as follows:

ApprenticeshipNFQ Level
Agriculture
1Farm ManagerLevel 7
2Farm TechnicianLevel 6
3Sportsturf ManagementLevel 6
Construction
4Advanced Quantity SurveyorLevel 9
5Roofing and CladdingLevel 5
Engineering
6Manufacturing Data Integration EngineerLevel 7
7Precision Machinist and Quality ControlLevel 6
8Science Aircraft Asset ManagementLevel 7
9Wind Turbine MaintenanceLevel 6
Equine
10Stud Farm Assistant ManagementLevel 7
Finance
11International Financial Services Advanced SpecialistLevel 9
12Applied HorticultureLevel 6
Hospitality and Food
13Bar ManagerLevel 7
14Executive ChefLevel 9
ICT
15Software Solutions ArchitectLevel 9
16Advanced Cyber Security PractitionerLevel 8
Logistics
17Transport Operations and Commercial DrivingLevel 6