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Factsheet for measure IE-2022-1/2170 – measures in Ireland

New annual grant for apprenticeship employers

Country Ireland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 January 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound
Measure added 14 January 2022 (updated 03 February 2022)

Background information

In December 2021, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, announced the introduction of a new annual grant for employers who employ apprentices.

The Minister said the grant “will help address the cost of employing apprentices and encourage employers to consider apprenticeship as something that is excellent for business and excellent for the learner.”

The new grant comes within the Government’s Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021-2025. The key objectives of the plan are:

  • A high quality and innovative approach.
  • Employer-driven responses.
  • Apprenticeship for all.
  • A valued option.
  • A single, coherent system.

Content of measure

The annual Employer Grant amount will be €2,000 per eligible registered apprentice per year for those apprenticeships which are not eligible for the payment of off-the-job training allowances.

The grant opens from January 2022 and applies to employers who employ apprentices in one of the 37 apprenticeships which have been established since 2016.

To avail of the grant, employers will have to submit proof of registration of the apprentice and proof that the apprentice is still in their employment at each payment point.

According to the Government, this extends financial support to all apprentice employers for the first time, addressing a key barrier to employer participation in apprenticeship.

Use of measure

No information to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Workers in non-standard forms of employment
Other groups of workers
Other businesses
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public employment service
Public support service providers
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


The initiative forms part of the Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021 to 2025. When the Plan was being formulated both employer bodies and trade unions were consulted and made submissions.

Views and reactions

No information on reaction to this specific initiative.


  • 12 July 2021: Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021 to 2025 (
  • 19 December 2021: Minister Harris announces new €2,000 support for apprenticeship employers (


Eurofound (2022), New annual grant for apprenticeship employers, measure IE-2022-1/2170 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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