Finally, more of the long-promised apprenticeships are coming on streamIrish Independant

– and just in time for school-leavers looking for an alternative to the CAO.

The roll-out of three new-style ‘earn-as-you-learn’ programmes, including some in white-collar areas such as financial services and software development, is expected in the autumn.

They are in the final stages of approval, having come through the validation panel set up by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the independent state watchdog for accountability in education and training services.

Whether the more traditional, blue-collar apprenticeships, or new ones, the same approach applies, with participants working and getting time off to study for a qualification, in some cases to degree level.

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