Councillors across Dublin have welcomed the decision to reintroduce the apprenticeship scheme, a measure which was announced in Budget 2018.
Posts for apprentice plumbers, carpenters, electricians and stonemasons will be filled this year.
Although there will be only 15 posts across these four areas in 2018, Dublin City Council is looking to increase that number substantially in 2019. According to recent reports, the number of people applying for apprenticeships in Ireland has been increasing substantially over the last three years as the construction industry recovers after the recession.
Figures released by the government show that the number of construction apprenticeships rose from 650 in 2010 to 2,271 last year. The Government expects the number of apprenticeships registered this year to reach 3,000. Despite this, there’s still some way to go before they reach 2007 levels which saw 5,208 apprenticeships registered.