For a long time apprenticeships were looked down on, but they are increasingly being recognised as a highly credible qualification by employers, and careers advice within schools has started to see them as a worthwhile option for school-leavers.
Solas, the further education and training agency, is working hard at changing mindsets when it comes to apprenticeships.
The WorldSkills Competition, which is held every two years, is the world’s largest professional education event for apprentices. Approximately 1,200 competitors from 70 countries and regions compete in almost 50 different skills and disciplines. We caught up with four Irish entrants in advance of this year’s event in Abu Dhabi.