Western Region Contractors Needed for Shared Apprenticeship Scheme

Shared Apprentiiceship Scheme

To help more young people from the west of Ireland to take up an apprenticeship in the wet trades, CIF Western and Midland branches are asking members to consider participating in the ‘Shared Apprenticeship Scheme’.

“We would like our members to consider creating co-ops whereby a number of construction companies choose to work collaboratively to provide training for new apprentices,” explains Justin Molloy, Director, Western and Midland Region, CIF. “The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme differs from the traditional model in two ways. Firstly, it allows direct employers and co-op members, who may not be specialists in the appointed trade but employ skilled subcontractors, to arrange for the training required under the guidance of a co-op. Secondly, co-op members can move apprentices between their companies to ensure continuity of engagement and training, should one area, or a particular project, become more or less busy than another.”

Members’ Experience

John O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director, Clancy, and Chairperson, CIF Education, Training and Skills Committee, says that they are seeking the support of construction companies throughout the western region and across Ireland for the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme.

“This is an industry effort to grow the numbers of apprentices registering to the wet trades, which are sadly lagging at this time,” John O’Shaughnessy explains. “In 2015/16, my company was part of the pilot scheme of this sharing initiative, and we deemed it to be a success. Now, SOLAS has agreed to extend the initiative, and I am calling on members to form consortia of three to four companies and start registering apprentices under the scheme. This is a great opportunity for the industry to seek to address the low numbers in the wet trades.”

Jobs Challenge

Dermot Carey, Director, Safety and Training, CIF, says, “There is an urgent need for Government and industry to collaborate in attracting more people into the industry, and to invest in construction skills training. The alternative is that we will fail to meet targets, our housing crisis will continue, and our infrastructural deficit will stall economic progress.”

If your firm wants to participate in the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme, contact Dermot Carey, email: dcarey@cif.ie

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