WWETB in bid to attract women into apprenticeships

By David Tucker

Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00

Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board is introducing an initiative to promote the entry of women into apprenticeships and is offering a bursary to employers in both public and private sectors to encourage increased level of recruitment of women in the training schemes.

Historically there has been a very low recruitment of female apprentices, while the economic progress being experienced in many industry sectors has resulted in a significant increase in apprenticeship numbers in many trades. This is an essential element of our continued economic recovery as we address the current and future skills requirements.

Chairman of WWETB Cllr Jim Moore said that this is an important move to help change the culture that has developed in our country.

'In modern industry there are more and more opportunities for female apprentices to advance their careers and with further opportunities to progress their expertise and qualifications. 'Advanced technology and modern practices means the trades are not as they were once perceived. The qualifications are recognised in a Framework which allows advancement and greater career opportunities. We need to take full advantage,' he told this newspaper. The bursary provides a total grant of € 2,667 to each employer for each female apprentice recruited.

The grant is a contribution towards wage and other apprentice costs over the first 28 weeks of phases 1 and 3 (on the job phases) of the apprenticeship. This initiative is supported by SOLAS/ETB's across the country.

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