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Factsheet for measure IE-2022-1/2349 – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 January 2022|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||19 May 2022 (updated 06 July 2022)|
As part of the Action Plan on Apprenticeship, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has launched a new gender-based funding bursary to be paid to the employers of certain defined apprenticeships. The bursary will be implemented with effect from 1 January 2022.
This is a key strand of the action plan on apprenticeships which is a workforce support measure post-COVID.
Speaking at the launch, Mary-Liz Trant, Director of the National Apprenticeship Office said: "At the moment only 1,500 or 6% of apprentices in Ireland are women. In the construction and engineering fields that percentage is even lower. We want to see really strong take up of the bursary among employers, with increased diversity benefitting our 21st century industries."
The gender-based is worth a total of €2,666. This funding will be available to employers who employ apprentices on eligible apprenticeships programmes where there are more than 80% representation of a single gender as of 1 January 2022. It will be paid in two instalments:
The list of eligible programmes are as follows:
This list will be reviewed and updated in January 2023.
No information to date.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|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:
Both social partners were consulted as part of the development of the Action Plan on Apprenticeship 2021 - 2025.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing||A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities|
|A2 Forestry and logging|
|C - Manufacturing||C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials|
|C20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products|
|C22 Manufacture of rubber and plastic products|
|C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products|
|C32 Other manufacturing|
|D - Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply||D35 Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply|
|F - Construction||F41 Construction of buildings|
|F43 Specialised construction activities|
|M - Professional, Scientific And Technical Activities||M71 Architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Science and engineering associate professionals|
|Personal service workers|
|Building and related trades workers, excluding electricians|
|Metal, machinery and related trades workers|
|Electrical and electronic trades workers|
|Stationary plant and machine operators|
|Agricultural, forestry and fishery labourers|
|Labourers in mining, construction, manufacturing and transport|
Eurofound (2022), Gender-based funding for apprenticeships, measure IE-2022-1/2349 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IE-2022-1_2349.html
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