State supports on way for non-traditional apprentices
Employer complaints have spurred the government to expand off-the-job training wages to apprentices in fields such as auctioneering, accounting and insurance
Employers who take on apprentices in newly-established apprenticeship types are going to get extra state support after complaints that they lacked “parity of esteem” with traditional apprenticeships.
The state pays wages of between €200 and €800 a week for apprentices in trades such as plumbing, bricklaying and electrical work when they are doing “off-the-job” training in college.
But there are no such “off-the-job” training payments for apprentices doing the many newly established apprenticeships in areas ...