The government has recently committed to doubling the number of trainees enrolled by 2020 and to significantly expanding the number of industries offering traineeship programmes. Budget 2018 allocated an additional €15m for traineeship training which represents an increase of almost 58% on the 2017 allocation of €26m.
Traineeships are programmes of structured training which combines learning in an education and training setting and in the workplace aiming to improve recruitment and employment outcomes for participants and increase retention and productivity within industry. Previously aimed at unemployed people, traineeships are now open to a wider range of participants, of all ages and background.
Key features of Traineeships in Ireland
- They respond to an identified industry skills need
- Lead to an award at NFQ Levels 4-6, or equivalent
- Are between 6-20 months in duration
- Have at least 30% of learning on-the-job
- Combine transversal and technical skills development
- Are designed for flexible delivery – online, blended learning
- Provide open access to prospective trainees, unemployed people may be eligible for income support
Currently, there are over 30 traineeship programmes available around the country. This number will increase with the development of more traineeships across a range of industries and sectors.
The below list sets out the suite of current traineeship programmes.
- Aircraft Maintenance Technician
- Aircraft Structures Technician
- Laboratory Assistant
- IT Support Specialist
- Software Developer
- Digital Sales and Marketing
- IT Network Security
- Animation Studio Assistant
- Early Childhood Care and Education
- Health Care Assistant
- Hospitality NFQ Level 4
- Hospitality NFQ Level 5
- Food and Beverage Service
- Overhead Lines Operator
- Interior Systems
- Supply Chain Logistics
- Logistics and Distribution
- Office Administration
- Business Systems Service Technician
- Business Administration
- Medical Administration
- Legal Administration
- Retail Associate
- Pharmacy Sales Assistant
- Retail Skills Health and Beauty
SPORTS AND LEISURE FASHION AND BEAUTY
- Outdoor Activity Instructor
- Equestrian International Instructor (BHSAI)
- Sports, Recreation and Exercise
- Beauty Therapist
- Accounts Executive
- Financial Administration
Traineeships are free of charge to participants. Trainees may include school leavers, older learners, those in employment and those who are unemployed. The minimum age for participation on a Traineeship programme is the statutory school leaving age of 16 years.
People who are unemployed and wish, following engagement with their Intreo Case Officer, to access traineeship to upskill for employment, may be eligible for a training allowance or income support.
As of November 2017, eligibility and support to participate in a traineeship has been expanded. In line with the Pathways to Work 2016-2020 strategy, the Comprehensive Framework for Employment of People with Disabilities and the Action Plan on Jobless Households, eligibility to participate in a traineeship now includes unemployed people who are in receipt of the following payments:
- Jobseekers Benefit
- Jobseekers Payment
- One Parent Family payment
- Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment (JST)
- Disability Allowance
Eligible persons must also be resident in the state and hold a valid PPSN.
Those in receipt of one of the payments above are eligible to retain their payment while participating in a traineeship. Prospective participants who fulfil these criteria are referred by Department of Education and Social Protection (D/EASP) to an Education Training Board (ETB) and receive a training allowance for the duration of their training.
Intreo offices (www.welfare.ie), Local Employment Services (www.localemploymentservices.ie) and Education and Training Boards (www.etbi.ie) provide a guidance service locally and regionally to jobseekers and adult learners.