For those students who didn’t get a CAO offer or the choice they want, remember there are plenty of career pathways still available in higher and further education. One such pathway becoming more popular of late, is an apprenticeship. With the career opportunities broadening all the time, it is definitely one to consider.
Apprenticeships have been highlighted for employers recently too as Government, as part of the July stimulus package, announced a grant of €3,000 per apprentice over two years for employers who register them before the end of the year.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship offers the opportunity to study for a qualification while also working in the relevant field, usually for two to four years. They are a great option for those who like a hands-on approach to building knowledge, while getting paid to do it. The variety is increasing all the time, with 56 different types currently available.
As well as long-standing apprenticeships in areas such as construction, engineering, motor and electrical, there are new options constantly being rolled out in areas such as recruitment, biopharma, finance, hospitality, cybersecurity and software development.
Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme
The Government announced under the July Jobs Stimulus that the apprenticeship incentivisation scheme will provide a €3,000 payment to support employers to take on new apprenticeships in 2020.
Under the scheme, €2,000 per apprentice is payable when they register with a further €1,000 payable in the third quarter of next year.
The incentive support covers all national apprenticeship programmes – 58 programmes as of August 2020 – and will apply to any new apprenticeship programmes which are launched in 2020.
Conditions of Eligibility
Some terms and conditions of the Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme are laid out below:
- Apprentices must continue to be employed by the employer at the time of submission of a claim for the incentive payment.
- Employers who have made an apprentice redundant between 01 March and 31 December 2020 are not eligible to make a claim under the Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme.
- Employers cannot claim for both the Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme and JobsPlus for their apprentices.
- Apprenticeship employers will be subject to monitoring visits and contact in the usual way by the national network of SOLAS Authorised Officers.
Apprenticeships are available and being developed across a wide range of industries and sectors. Apprenticeships currently available include those in Finance, Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Hospitality and the Motor Trade. Click here to find out more
Apprenticeship with Avid Partners?
if you are interested in an Accounting Apprenticeship with Avid Partners email us to start the discussion.
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