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Over €900,000 in funding announced for Dundalk IT’s apprenticeship programme
Dundalk IT’s apprenticeship programme received a huge boost today with the news that it has been awarded over €900,000 in capital funding.
News of the finance was announced by Minister for Education Richard Bruton earlier today.
It will enable DkIT to purchase equipment and carry out enabling works for the implementation of new programmes for four existing apprenticeships in Electrical, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Metal Fabrication and Plumbing.”
The funding was welcomed by local TD Fergus O’Dowd, who outlined the importance of apprenticeships.
He said: “Apprenticeships and traineeships give an exciting career path for many young people. The Government is committed to improving existing apprentices and training programmes and also to opening new apprenticeships to cater for changing technology and workplace needs.
“An apprenticeship prepares participants for a specific occupation and leads to a qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications,” said O’Dowd.
In a statement Minister Bruton said it was hoped to more than double apprenticeships and traineeships to 14,000 by 2020.