Sixty-four apprentices from Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim were among a group of eighty-eight craft apprentices from across seventeen apprenticeship programmes who graduated at a ceremony on Friday the 13th of October. An additional 124 apprentices, who recently qualified, were unable to attend the ceremony due to employment and other commitments.
Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) presented the graduates with their certificates at a graduation ceremony in Letterkenny on Friday 13 October.
The graduates qualified in the following apprenticeships: Agricultural Mechanics, Carpentry and Joinery, Construction Plant Fitting, Electrical, Electronic Security Systems, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Instrumentation, Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting, Motor Mechanics, Metal Fabrication, Plastering, Pipefitting, Plumbing, Wood Manufacturing and Finishing, Toolmaking, Stonecutting and Stonemasonry, and Vehicle Body Repairs.
Presenting the awards, Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh stated, “We are incredibly proud of all of our Apprentices today as they celebrate this milestone moment with family and friends. They have been further supported by Apprenticeship staff within their ETBs and of course by their employers. All of our stakeholders play such a vital role during the apprenticeship journey and today we salute all those who work so hard to prepare our Apprentices for their vital role in our economy.
“Our Apprentices are extremely well prepared to work in Ireland where their skills are much in demand or indeed, they now have a qualification which can take them anywhere they want to go. We wish them all well as they embark on this next phase of their career.”
Speaking at the event Chief Executive of MSLETB, Tom Grady, said, “Apprenticeships play a pivotal role as they equip apprentices with the knowledge, skills, and expertise that industries demand, providing a pathway to rewarding careers. Our graduating apprentices should take great pride in their decision to pursue this journey. I extend my gratitude to the employers and mentors who supported these graduates throughout their apprenticeships. To the apprentices, your dedication and hard work are commendable, and you truly exemplify your employer, these apprenticeship programmes, and our ETBs. Best of luck to our apprentices for your future careers and endeavours.”
Apprenticeships are delivered through a combination of on-the-job and off-the-job training that allows apprentices to earn while they learn and gain an internationally recognised qualification.
By the end of August this year, almost 9,000 employers have used apprenticeships to help support and grow their businesses nationally, with almost 25,500 apprentices currently completing their training.
For more information about the apprenticeship programmes available or to become an approved employer or to register as an apprentice, contact MSLETB’s apprenticeship team at [email protected] or call 1800 100 100