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Earn while you learn on the apprenticeship route!

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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!

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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