TWO companies from Laois along with the Apprenticeship Council are involved in a newly-established Generation Apprenticeship Employer Ambassador programme.
The Apprenticeship Council along with 25 national employer ambassadors are actively promoting the value and benefit of apprenticeship for Irish businesses. The ambassadors are from around the country and work in industry sectors which include finance, tech, insurance, engineering, electrical, logistics, hairdressing, hospitality and bio-pharma.
More than 6,000 employers in Ireland currently use apprenticeship as a talent pipeline for their business, employing over 17,000 apprentices. Micro companies, SMEs and large companies, including multinationals, are increasingly turning to apprenticeship for their recruitment and business growth.
The two companies from Laois involved in the programme are Casey Agri Tractors and Farm Machinery, Clonaslee; and Powerpoint Engineering, Portlaoise.
Both companies employ apprentices and work at local and national level to highlight the power and benefits of apprenticeship as well as working with local schools and community groups.
Chief executive of ESB and chairman of the Apprenticeship Council Pat Doherty said: “Building the Generation Apprenticeship community is a priority as the apprenticeship system expands in Ireland. We are delighted to have 25 active and passionate ambassadors around the country, demonstrating how apprenticeships enable businesses to attract, retain and grow the skills necessary for success in today’s rapidly-changing business world.”
For more information on the Generation Apprenticeship Employer Ambassador programme, log onto www.gacomp.ie.