Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Ceisteanna (154)

Imelda Munster

Ceist:

154. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Education and Skills the details of each apprenticeship programme offered; the number of apprenticeships offered in each programme in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of persons who unsuccessfully sought or applied for apprenticeships; the career areas not covered by the apprenticeship programme; his plans to increase the number of programmes offered in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37016/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

SOLAS do not maintain a record of the number of persons that unsuccessfully sought or applied for apprenticeships as apprentices no not apply to become an apprentice through SOLAS. In order to train as an apprentice a person first needs to be recruited by an approved employer. There is no central record of applications to employers for apprenticeship positions as this is part of wider labour market activity.

While the Apprenticeship Council has issued two formal calls for proposals to develop new apprenticeships and Government is promoting apprenticeships heavily through the Generation Apprenticeship campaign, decisions to develop new apprenticeships are taken by groups of employers with reference to the various options open to them to develop the skills needed in their sectors. Employers in Ireland have responded in large numbers to the calls for proposals and apprenticeships are now much more widely available across sectors. For the first time, apprenticeships have become available in recent years in areas such as auctioneering, biopharmachem, insurance, finance, hospitality and food, ICT and logistics, with further programmes in the pipeline in renewable energy, retail, hairdressing and a range of other sectors. These add to the long-standing base of apprenticeship in areas such as construction, motor and engineering.

In all 20 new apprenticeship programmes are available and 36 more are in development. This will give apprenticeship a broad footprint across the economy but of course some sectors will use other options for skills development.

The details of registrations on programmes sought by the Deputy are in the following table.

Registrations for ALL occupations for years 2015-2019 (end of Aug)

Occupation

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019 (end of Aug)

Accounting Technician

71

88

64

Agricultural Mechanics

59

43

45

41

23

Aircraft Mechanics

34

39

53

74

54

Auctioneering and Property Services

53

59

Brick and Stonelaying

26

52

60

81

54

Butcher

7

16

Carpentry and Joinery

291

399

443

591

374

Chef de Partie

31

11

Commis Chef

25

112

23

Construction Plant Fitting

77

59

86

71

34

Cybersecurity

6

Electrical

956

1343

1705

1841

1189

Electrical Instrumentation

83

106

120

108

73

Electronic Security Systems

28

28

72

65

53

Farriery

7

5

6

9

2

Heavy Vehicle Mechanics

154

136

143

176

96

Industrial Electrical Engineer

12

19

25

17

Industrial Insulation

13

10

21

19

13

Instrumentation

8

10

20

17

9

Insurance Practitioner

67

86

80

25

International Financial Services Associate

15

11

2

International Financial Services Specialist

18

10

3

Laboratory Analyst

2

Laboratory Technician

14

3

Logistics Associate

27

17

Mechanical Automation & Maintenance Fitting

153

163

183

180

109

Manufacturing Engineer (Level 7)

36

20

9

Manufacturing Technology (Level 6)

40

34

15

Metal Fabrication

198

186

224

234

162

Motor Mechanics

423

420

353

380

261

Network Engineer Associate

22

39

OEM Engineer

3

Painting and Decorating

19

27

44

30

22

Pipefitting

37

33

25

49

50

Plastering

7

18

34

29

19

Plumbing

289

345

532

653

437

Polymer Processing Technology

25

15

13

Print Media

8

4

2

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

75

79

106

119

71

Sheet Metalworking

38

40

53

70

33

Software Developer Associate

39

43

Sous Chef

1

Stonecutting and Stonemasonry

13

2

8

7

1

Toolmaking

62

66

65

79

33

Vehicle Body Repairs

47

58

46

40

36

Wood Manufacturing and Finishing

48

71

59

95

62

Grand Total

3153

3821

4843

5648

3639