Novel ‘shared apprentice’ scheme underway
A group of four contractors ( Cleary Doyle / Anthony Neville Homes / Clancy Construction / Mythen Construction ) are part of an innovative pilot scheme to boost apprenticeship registrations in the wet trades. They are working as a co-operative to work together to take on apprentices and ensure that they finish their training.
John O’Shaugnessy of Clancy Construction tells us that this scheme came about due to “the lack of take-up to wet trades in the industry over the last number of years.” The fall off in the number of apprentices to the wet trades has been caused by a number of factors, explains John.
- Change in business model for main contractors who are mostly now management contractors who employ sub-contractors to carry out the work for them.
- The last Government decision to apply a student levy on apprentices during the off-the-job phases 4 & 6 of their training
- Loss of redundancy rebate thus a significant cost to employers
- Lack of financial support to employers from the state to support the training of apprentices.