There has never been a better time to consider undertaking an apprenticeship. Under a new Apprenticeship Action Plan being finalised by the Department of Further and Higher Education it is planned to increase annual apprenticeship registrations from approximately 6,000 in 2019 up to 10,000 by 2025. A budget has been allocated to provide an extra 1,450 places in 2021.
Apprenticeships are open to school leavers, older learners, career changers, women and men with diverse backgrounds, talents, skills and abilities. They are available across multiple sectors and because they are industry-led, you will be gaining the most up to date and relevant skills for the jobs market. A new integrated credit system, which is due to be finalised by 2022, will mean that anyone who completes their apprenticeship will be able to build on their qualification and progress in education if they wish to do so. The training model in delivery of apprenticeships means that a minimum of 50% is delivered on the job which differs significantly from college courses.
Types of Apprenticeships
Most people are familiar with the craft apprenticeships often referred to as the ‘trades’. There are 25 of them categorised under motor, electrical, construction and engineering. In each case they last approximately four years and are made up of seven phases which alternate between on-the-job training with the employer and off-the-job training which generally takes place in an Education and Training Board (ETB) Training Centre or an Institute of Technology. Unlike full-time college courses, apprentices are paid a training allowance which increases each year from first to fourth year. Typically the minimum entry requirements are that you must be over 16 and have achieved five passes in the Junior Cert, but some do look for Leaving Cert or equivalent.
In 2016 a number of ‘new’ apprenticeships were developed across 15 different industry sectors including finance, ICT, biopharma, arboriculture, hairdressing, hospitality and food, insurance, logistics, property services, recruitment and sales. Apprenticeships being offered in each sector are varied and more are being developed each year. They last for between two and four years and the ‘off-the-job’ aspect of training can vary between day/block releases, online and blended learning. Salaries for those starting off in these apprenticeships begin at approximately €18,000.
Where to find out more
Applicants often ask where to find out about what apprenticeships are available and there are a number of sources that are useful. At the moment www.apprenticeship.ie will give you all the specific details of each apprenticeship including who you should contact for further details. It is really useful to link in with your local ETB. Follow them on social media along with @apprenticesirl as they regularly post adverts from companies and organisations that are recruiting apprentices. Check vacancies on www.apprenticeshipjobs.ie. Keep an eye on career websites such as www.careersportal.ie, jobs boards, and media outlets locally and nationally. Think about your own network – lots of people hear about apprenticeships from friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and acquaintances. Let people know that you are interested in an apprenticeship and you may just link up with an employer who is in the market for someone who is hardworking, practical, can think independently and eager to develop workplace skills. The bonus is that by choosing apprenticeships, you will be earning while learning!
Killarney allocated over €600,000 for public outdoor dining
By Sean Moriarty The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week. On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications. Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body. […]
By Sean Moriarty
The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week.
On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications.
Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body.
“The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond,” said Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin at Wednesday’s announcement.
Elected members of Killarney Municipal District are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks and more details of the project will be revealed after this meeting.
Student grants and renting
Supports Available It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant […]
It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant which may cover the fees (student contribution) and provide maintenance.
The limits that apply to the grant vary, but if the student was coming from a family with less than four dependent children, in order to qualify for the maximum rate of grant the total net income in the previous tax year would have to have been €39,875 or less. That refers to both the parent’s income and the student’s income, however €4,500 of the student’s income which they earn outside term time e.g. during the summer will be disregarded.
If the student was getting the PUP payment because they lost their part-time job due to the pandemic, this is taken into account. Currently there are no disregards allowed for PUP payments. If there is more than one student attending college from the same household, the limit may be increased by €4,830.
Maximum Student Grant
There are actually two different maximum rates of grant. There are referred to as the adjacent and non-adjacent rate. The adjacent rate is for students living within 45km of the college and the non-adjacent rate is for students living more than 45km from the college. The adjacent rate is €3,025. The non-adjacent rate is €1,125. There has always been a special higher rate of grant for disadvantaged students.
Student Assistance Fund
Yes, separate from the Student Grant from SUSI the colleges have access to the Student Assistance Fund. Students can apply directly through their college for assistance with expenses such as books or laptops. Typically, this involves completing an application form and going for a short interview in the college. There are no set amounts of funding under this scheme. The college will assess each application on its own merits.
Renting for the First Time
Don’t be tempted to pay a deposit or sign a tenancy agreement until you have seen the property. If you are signing a tenancy agreement check if you want to live in the property for the time period stated on the agreement, check for early break clauses. Make sure you have correct contact details for the landlord. If you chose to leave the property early you may lose your deposit.
The landlord should only retain the deposit or part of it to cover any damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear. The tenant should take pictures of the property before they move out as evidence of the condition they left the property in.
There are different rules depending on whether the property is in a Rent Pressure Zone or not. A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) is an area where rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation. At the beginning of a new tenancy in a RPZ, a landlord is required to provide the tenant, in writing, with the amount of rent that was last set. For a tenancy not located in a Rent Pressure Zones a landlord may increase the rent in line with market value once every two years.
For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0761 07 7860. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.
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