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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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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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