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Action Plan for Apprenticeships maps out key developments over five years

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The much anticipated Action Plan for Apprenticeships launched by Ministers Simon Harris and Niall Collins this week outlines the key developments planned to improve access to, and participation in, apprenticeships in the next five years. The rationale behind this ambitious plan is evident in the tagline #apprenticeshipsforall.

 

The plan seeks to double the number of apprentices to 10,000 a year and expand on the 60 apprenticeship options currently available to include training programmes in a broader range of disciplines. They include green areas such as wind turbine maintenance as well as more offerings in international financial services and technology and new courses including healthcare assistant, scaffolding, quantity surveying, quality control, farm management and many more. A key objective is to increase the attractiveness of apprenticeships to school leavers and to change the culture that currently exists, placing huge emphasis on progressing onto higher education even when it is not the preferred or a suitable option for the student. The plan also seeks to address the skills needs of an ever-changing world of work. Apprenticeship opportunities are to be significantly increased in the public sector bodies including local authorities and the Civil Service from 100 to 750.

Supports for apprentices and employers

Bursaries of up to €5,000 per annum will be made available to up to 100 apprentices each year from disadvantaged backgrounds. Support for employers who take on apprentices is also part of the plan. A grant of approximately €3,000 per annum will be available as well as extra financial support for employers who take on applicants from under-represented groups such as people with disabilities or asylum seekers. In apprenticeships where there is a predominant male or female take-up, financial incentives will be made available to employers that take on people to redress that gender balance.

The plan also seeks to simplify the application process by establishing a centralised portal where students can register their interest and/or apply for apprenticeships. Employers will also be able to advertise vacancies. A National Apprenticeship Office is to be set up to oversee the implementation of this ground-breaking plan which paves the way for a new vision for apprenticeship training for all backed up with practical steps to make it a reality. Full details of the plan can be accessed on www.gov.ie: Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021 – 2025, and on apprenticeships at www.apprenticeship.ie.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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