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Sixty-third student completes TU Dublin Access to Apprenticeship Programme

– TU Dublin Launches Digital Badge Award for Apprenticeship Employers

– Watch Access to Apprenticeship Graduation and Digital Badge Award Launch below

The Access to Apprenticeship (ATA) programme at TU Dublin has launched a new “Digital Badge Award for Employers” initiative.

The Digital Badge is awarded to companies to recognise their support and contribution to the ATA programme and its mission to promote access, diversity and inclusion in craft apprenticeships.

Thirty companies from across the construction, motor, aviation, manufacturing, engineering and electrical industries received the award during a graduation event for the ATA class of 2020.

Diversity and inclusion

At the online event, Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, gave a keynote address to students, apprentices and employers, before Patrick Atkinson, CEO, Chadwicks Group and Chairperson of the ATA Programme, formally launched the initiative.

Patrick Atkinson said that at the heart of the ATA programme is the mission for diversity and inclusion.

Access to skilled jobs

“The goal is to create access to skilled employment through craft apprenticeships for young people, particularly young women,” Patrick Atkinson said. “Since 2018, sixty-three young people have graduated on this programme, including eight young women. The programme demonstrates a true collaboration between community, educators and industry.”

Bobby Maher, Manager, Access to Apprentice, said that the apprentices on the programme showed remarkable resilience in overcoming many challenges that Covid-19 presented for them and thanked employers for their continued backing of the unique programme.

Access to Apprenticeship Digital Badge Awards

“The Digital Badge Award is a small acknowledgement of your huge contribution to our success,” Bobby Maher said.

He also remembered the late Dave Treacy of John Sisk and Son, who was “a great friend of the programme and epitomised everything that is noble about apprenticeship.”

Access to Apprenticeship Programme

The ATA programme is for young men and women aged 16 to 24 living in Dublin who experience social and economic barriers and aims to help them progress into an apprenticeship training programme.

Programme supporters

Companies involved in construction and engineering activities that received Digital Badges include John Sisk & Sons, John Paul Construction, Designer Group, Jones Engineering, Mercury, Lambstongue, Flynn, Winthrop, Tritech Engineering, Hilti, Kent, BA Steel, Brendan Buggy Steel Fabrication, Shelbourne Engineering and CJK Engineering.