A new apprenticeship in Monaghan has been launched today but the MD of one of the region’s biggest employers says more needs to be done to encourage people to take them up. The joint venture between Combilift and the local education and training board aims to address the skills gap in the Irish manufacturing sector.
Speaking at the launch, Managing Director Martin McVicar said many young people were being encouraged to take up college degree courses, rather than apprenticeships. He said many parents and teachers see them as a “fall back option”.
Education Minister Joe McHugh told attendees today that the new apprenticeship will have benefits for those signed up because they’re training for jobs for the future. He told Northern Sound there’s been a change in focus in education over the last couple of years with 51,000 people doing apprenticeships:
Combilift MD Martin McVicar explains more about the programme and what’ll mean for those taking part: