Regional Skills & Training Centre, LMETB are following the national trend in increasing apprenticeship numbers. National reports suggest that the number of new apprentices will double with the biggest surge in trades linked to construction. In Louth and Meath, electrical apprenticeships account for 30% of the new apprentices registered in 2016, with carpentry and joinery being the second most popular.
Elma McMahon from LMETB's Regional Skills and Training Centre, explains the trends in a national context. She said ‘The majority of apprentices registered in Louth and Meath are employed in the traditional crafts associated with building like carpentry and electrical work. Together with plumbing and motor mechanics they form almost 70% of the total number of apprenticeships registered with LMETB. However, non construction-based crafts are also gaining in popularity and we are seeing increases in the number of non-traditional trades like pipefitting, metal fabrication, electrical instrumentation and refrigeration.’
Overall, Louth and Meath have the highest number of carpentry and joinery apprenticeships in the whole country which is easily explained by the number of qualified carpentry employers in this area. The figures from LMETB's database reflect a return to the apprenticeship model as an entry route to work for school-leavers. There are 191 new apprentices to date in Louth and Meath which gives a total number of 643 current apprentices registered with LMETB.
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