HSE to recruit healthcare apprentices as part of new strategy

Move comes as part of broader shake-up of apprenticeship system amid concerns of too much focus on university courses

The government‘s aim is for the public service to take a lead role in “demonstrating the advantages” of apprenticeships, by embedding them in its recruitment programmes and offering 750 new apprenticeships a year

The HSE is set to begin recruiting apprentice healthcare workers for the first time from next year, as part of a wider shake-up of the apprenticeship system.

An action plan on apprenticeships, due to be launched tomorrow, aims to increase the number of apprenticeships from 6,000 to 10,000 by 2025, representing one in six school leavers.

Successive governments have grown concerned in recent years that there has been too much focus on university courses. Just ...