Monday 3rd June, 2019
Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Naughton welcomes almost €250,000 for GMIT to support Apprenticeship Programmes
The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, has today announced that capital funding of €240,000 will be made available to the Galway – Mayo Institute of Technology to assist with the modernisation of equipment and facilities available to apprentices undergoing training.
“While we have committed to increasing funding for 3rd level and as part of the Government’s 2040 programme we are also committed to improving and expanding the apprenticeship programmes available for young people. In the last three years, registration for apprentice programmes has increased by 80% and we are committed to ensuring that those students have the best facilities in which to learn their trade,” said local TD and member of the Oireachtas Education Committee.
“With people just about to start exams, this is a timely reminder that there is a broader educational and professional landscape available to students than we might usually hear about. Apprenticeships are a great way to learn in a structured environment while literally working towards a qualification,” deputy Naughton commented.
“Young people full of innovative ideas are vital to the nation’s future. Apprenticeships are a great way to encourage people and allow them to develop a wide range of skills. Now that the economy is in recovery phase, there are vast areas of industry crying out for talented young people. The programmes offered by GMIT are first rate and I would encourage any young person to investigate their various courses,” advised Deputy Naughton.
“I sit on the Oireachtas Education Committee, and last year we heard first-hand how the overwhelming focus of the media on points and CAO places has not served the apprenticeship route well. There is still huge respect in Ireland for the tradesman, the expert and the artisan but, given the overwhelming focus on the points race, this hugely important educational route has become a little lost. Government recognise this and today is only the beginning of a dedicated campaign to support and revitalise the area.”