Enhanced Apprenticeship Scholarship Scheme worth €200,000 announced by Údarás na Gaetlachta to assist Gaeltacht communities

26 June, 2020

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Údarás na Gaeltachta has announced an enhanced Apprenticeship Scholarship Scheme to assist Gaeltacht communities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis today (26/06/2020). 50 apprenticeship scholarships worth more than €2,000 per scholarship are available to assist people who wish to learn a trade or undertake a new career.

Despite the uncertainty created by the Coronavirus emergency, Údarás na Gaeltachta is offering people the opportunity to learn a new skill/trade or upskill and obtain an apprenticeship qualification recognised by the national Apprenticeship Council.  Qualifications are awarded at Level 6 upwards to degree standard in accordance with the national training framework Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

"This scheme and the qualifications gained by people give the Gaeltacht community the confidence to educate themselves in order to strengthen and develop their skills"

Údarás na Gaeltachta’s CEO Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh

The Gaeltacht community can apply to undertake apprenticeships from 55 different apprenticeships under 12 varied sectors, all recognised by SOLAS, as part of the Scholarship Scheme being offered by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Apprenticeship Scholarships are available in the following sectors:

·       BioPharma; ·       Hospitality and Food;
·       Construction; ·       ICT;
·       Electrical; ·       Logistics;
·       Engineering; ·       Motor;
·       Finance; ·       Property Services;
·       Hair; ·       Sales.

 

Although traditional trades such as plumbing, carpentry, mechanical and electrical are still very popular, in recent years there has been a significant uptake in modern apprenticeships as more people participate in apprenticeships in BioPharm, Engineering, Financial Services, Accountancy, Computing and so on.

The Apprenticeship Scholarship Scheme has been administered by Údarás na Gaeltachta (and Gaeltarra Éireann prior to that) since the 1970s in order to support Gaeltacht applicants, with a fluency in Irish, to gain a qualification in any one of the SOLAS accredited Quality Assured Apprenticeship Schemes. Under the Údarás scholarship, financial assistance is provided to the apprentice and the company/contractor he/she is employed by at various stages throughout the apprenticeship. Support of over €2,000 is available to companies/contractors who are willing to employ apprentices during the apprenticeship period. The scheme is an advantage to companies and Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies have a long history in supporting apprentices who are learning their trade.

Announcing the Scholarship Scheme Údarás na Gaeltachta’s CEO Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh said “The organisation’s long history with the apprenticeship scholarship scheme indicates that it was, is and will be popular and successful.  Some wonderful companies operating the Gaeltacht have been established by people who completed an apprenticeship with Údarás na Gaeltachta’s support.  This scheme and the qualifications gained by people give the Gaeltacht community the confidence to educate themselves in order to strengthen and develop their skills. An apprenticeship or trade can be learned in many sectors, such as the mechanical, construction, financial or IT sectors and in turn that training can be extended to the Gaeltacht community particularly at a time when it is more important than ever to learn a new skill or trade.”

The current call for applications for the Údarás na Gaeltachta Apprenticeship Scholarship Scheme 2020 is open until the 17/07/2020. Those interested in learning more regarding the Scholarship Scheme’s eligibility criteria and downloading an application form should visit this website.