Deputy Jackie Cahill
Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary, Jackie Cahill has said that the announcement of 160 new apprenticeship places at the ETB centre in Archerstown Industrial Estate in Thurles is fantastic news for mid Tipperary.
Deputy Cahill was commenting after the announcement of these places by the chair of the Tipperary Education and Training Board, Cllr. John Hogan.
“Now more than ever we need to be providing upskilling training to those looking to enter the workforce, or for those seeking to change careers.
“The campaign already provides Phase I Electrical and Carpentry training, and I believe that it would be an ideal location for Phase II Carpentry and Joinery.
"In addition to the traditional craft apprenticeships in the area of plumbing and carpentry for example, I hope that some of the new placements will be in the new focus areas of insurance and IT.
“Our people need to be given the skills needed to compete for jobs. While some young people will do well via the traditional 3rd level education route, we need to recognise that a one size fits all approach to learning and training will not work for all.
“This announcement is another example of the benefits of an amalgamated ETB for the whole county. I want to congratulate the CEO and the Chairperson for their work in ensuring that the whole county benefits from the work of the education and training board.
“Today, the ETB executive was before the Public Accounts Committee in the Dáil. They did an excellent job in putting Tipperary’s best foot forward.
“I look forward to the speedy uptake of these roles, and will keep an eye on the process to ensure that it is delivered upon as quickly as possible,” concluded Cahill.