Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Pledges

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is a multi-stakeholder initiative steered by the European Commission. The originator of the pledge is solely responsible for implementing the actions outlined in the pledge.

Author:Education and Training Boards Ireland
Type of organisation:Non-profit/youth organisations
Country(ies):Ireland
Start date:01/01/2019
Contact person(s):

James Eustace, Apprenticeship Manager

james.eustace@etbi.ie

Presentation of the member:

Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) is the national representative body for Ireland’s 16 regional Education and Training Boards (ETBs). 

ETBs deliver a wide range of services across many educational levels throughout Ireland, including apprenticeships and traineeships. Working closely with employers, the ETBs develop consortia to create and roll out new apprenticeship programmes as well as to deliver the existing apprenticeships coordinated by the Further Education and Training Authority (SOLAS).

ETBI works to protect, promote and enhance the interests of the ETBs and of VET within the wider education sector in Ireland and in Europe. 

ETBI supports ETB’s that are developing new work-based learning programmes, and while they are going through the validation and quality assurance processes. Post validation, ETBI supports ETBs in the ongoing enhancement of the programmes via the Monitoring and Enhancement Panel and the Quality Assurance Procedures Handbook

Description of the Pledge:

This ETBI pledge aims to support ETBs in the development and quality assurance of new apprenticeships. To that end ETBI will develop resources and materials for Employer mentor training to enhance the quality and experience of the on-the-job training component supporting employers and apprentices.

ETBs aim to launch five new types of apprenticeships in 2019-2020, in Sales, Hairdressing, Arboriculture, Scaffolding and Wind Turbine Maintenance and continue to expand provision in Commis Chef, Auctioneering and Property Services and OEM Engineering.

ETBI will organise events to promote these apprenticeships and improve perception of these apprenticeships among the relevant key stakeholders (employers, parents, and potential apprentices).

Pledged to improve the quality of apprenticeships

Key activities: To provide pedagogical support to in-company trainers ETBI will develop mentor training materials and resources. These resources will be further enhanced by the engagement with the EAfA through knowledge sharing and networking activities and the access to online resources. (EFQEA 3) ETBI will support ETBs to enhance the quality of apprenticeships by establishing a monitoring and enhancement panel. The ETBI Monitoring and Enhancement Panel function is to engage with apprenticeship stakeholders and produce reports to the FET Quality Council of the coordinating ETBs identifying good practice and opportunities for enhancement. (EFQEA 14).
Timelime activities: Timeline: Q1 – Q3 2019 Target: Sept 2019

Pledged to enhance the image of apprenticeships

Key activities: Career guidance and awareness raising - Promote and showcase apprenticeship at national events and represent Ireland at European events to improve the perception of the apprenticeship programmes among the relevant key stakeholders (employers, parents and prospective apprentices) and share learning on the expansion of the apprenticeship model. (EFQEA 12) Target: Participation in three national events; 15,000 potential audience Indicators: Number of events organised/participated; Number of people attending these events; Increased interest in the apprenticeship options promoted (as indicated by the number of applications for apprenticeship programmes).
Timelime activities: ☒ Image Career guidance and awareness raising - Promote and showcase apprenticeship at national events and represent Ireland at European events to improve the perception of the apprenticeship programmes among the relevant key stakeholders (employers, parents and prospective apprentices) and share learning on the expansion of the apprenticeship model. (EFQEA 12) Target: Participation in three national events; 15,000 potential audience Indicators: Number of events organised/participated; Number of people attending these events; Increased interest in the apprenticeship options promoted (as indicated by the number of applications for apprenticeship programmes) Timeline: Q1 – Q4 2019 Target date: Ireland Skills Live www.irelandskillslive.ie/ 21-23 March 2019 Schools Summit www.schoolsummit.ie 16 & 17 Sept 2019 National Ploughing Championship www.npa.ie 17 -19th Sept 2019

Partners:

ETBs and their associated Industry partners will be involved in the initiative.

·         Galway and Roscommon ETB – these ETBs are members of the Consortium Steering Group for the Arboriculture Apprenticeship (in development),

·         Laois Offaly ETB (Scaffolding Apprenticeship in development),

·         Mayo Sligo and Leitrim ETB (Sales Apprenticeship in development) and coordinating Craft Butcher Apprenticeship,

·         Kerry ETB (Wind Turbine Maintenance Apprenticeship in development) and coordinating the Commis Chef Apprenticeship,

·         Limerick Clare ETB (Hairdressing Apprenticeship in development)

·         City of Dublin ETB coordinating Auctioneering and Property Services Apprenticeship,

·         Cavan Monaghan ETB coordinating the OEM Engineering Apprenticeship.

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