A new Employer Grant funded as part of Budget 2022 will see annual payments of €2,000 to Irish employers per apprenticeship per year.
The grant will be available for apprenticeships that are not eligible for payment of “off the job” training allowances.
Its introduction means that, for the first time, employers of all apprentices will now have access to financial support, either through direct payment of allowances to apprentices or through the new employer grant.
“You can be an apprentice in your local retail centre or restaurant, an up-and-coming small or medium-sized firm, or the multinational company around the corner”
Effective from January 2022, this annual base grant will be paid to employers who employ apprentices in one of the 37 apprenticeships which have been established since 2016.
The grant will be paid for each eligible registered apprentice during their employment with the company. Two payment points are planned per year: June and December.
A win-win for business and learners
“This will help address the cost of employing apprentices and encourage employers to consider apprenticeship as something that is excellent for business and excellent for the learner,” said Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris, TD.
“We have over 62 apprenticeship programmes from engineering to accounting, hairdressing, biopharma. You can be an apprentice in your local retail centre or restaurant, an up- and- coming small or medium sized firm, or the multinational company around the corner.
Minister Harris also announced the appointment of Dr Mary-Liz Trant as the Director of the National Apprenticeship Office.
“We have made excellent progress on the deliverables set out in the Action Plan and 2022 will bring new and exciting opportunities including the further development and launch of programmes such as advanced cybersecurity practitioner, wind turbine technician, manufacturing data integration engineer, advanced quantity surveyor, software solutions architect, and transport operations and commercial driving,” Minister Harris said.