Graduating apprentices from Tipperary who recently completed their apprenticeship were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft this week.
Apprentices graduated in a range of crafts including Electrical, Motor Mechanics, Agricultural Mechanics and Carpentry and Joinery. The Advanced Certificate Craft is at Level 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications and is an internationally recognised qualification.
The event was co-hosted by SOLAS, Kilkenny and Carlow ETB, Tipperary ETB and Waterford and Wexford ETB.
Speaking at the presentation, Dr Mary-Liz Trant, Executive Director, Skills Development, SOLAS, spoke of the Apprenticeship programme and drew particular attention to the calibre of the Irish Apprenticeship system which is recognised nationally and internationally. “You have completed a comprehensive Apprenticeship that is recognised at home and abroad as one of the best in the world. An example of the standards achieved by apprentices during their apprenticeship is the success obtained by the Irish Team at successive World Skills Competitions. This is a remarkable achievement and it proves beyond doubt that our Apprenticeship system and our Apprentices are among the best in the world”.
Representing the Education and Training Boards, Cynthia Deane, Chief Executive of Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board congratulated the graduating apprentices saying “Today is a day that you should be very proud of and it is a real pleasure to see you with your family, friends and employers supporting you and celebrating with you the achievement of your Advanced Certificate Craft. You will now become the mentors, employers and trainers of the next generation of apprentices. On behalf of Kilkenny and Carlow ETB; Tipperary ETB; and Waterford and Wexford ETB, I would like to congratulate all of you who are about to receive your Advanced Craft Certificate”.
As Ireland’s economy continues to recover and businesses expand, there is a growing demand for people with vocational skills. Businesses need people with strong practical skills and apprenticeship is key to delivering this. The Irish Apprenticeship system has proven highly successful in developing highly skilled workers like those receiving the Advanced Certificate Craft.
There has been an increased focus on Apprenticeships in recent years. Apprenticeship in Ireland has traditionally been the path to skilled occupations in a range of sectors such as construction, engineering, motor and electrical. Recently, under the guidance of the Apprenticeship Council, the apprenticeship system in Ireland is expanding resulting in a wider range of occupations available which aims to attract more people into apprenticeships.
Since 2016 the range of apprenticeship options in Ireland has extended in areas such as Insurance Practice, Electrical Engineering, Polymer Processing, Manufacturing Engineering, International Financial Services, Commis Chef and Accounting with many more on the way. Alongside this, we are seeing an increase in the number of new apprentices being registered across all of the current trades. This is a testament to the high regard which the apprenticeship system in Ireland is held. It has long been respected as a comprehensive and successful career and education route for people of all ages.
Concluding the ceremony, Dr Mary-Liz Trant congratulated the apprentices who received their Advanced Certificates Craft on their achievement of being recognised as highly skilled craftspeople and wished them every success in their careers.