Proposals for a new Dáil apprenticeship scheme are being examined. The innovative new plan to operate the first ever Dáil apprenticeship scheme is being considered by the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Deputy Thomas Byrne TD who proposed the scheme, said the Oireachtas could offer apprenticeships in the areas of parliamentary affairs, public administration and political communications.
“The Dáil and Seanad Éireann will provide a unique and specialised learning environment for any person wishing to pursue a career in public service or politics. “The Apprenticeship Council has called for ideas for new training initiatives, and an opportunity exists for non-graduates, of all ages, to work with TDs, Senators, political parties, and House of the Oireachtas staff.
“I have been informed by the Ceann Comhairle that the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission is considering the proposal, and several commission members have told me they support the initiative. An apprenticeship scheme in the Oireachtas will not only widen opportunities for people wishing to pursue alternative apprenticeships, it also opens up a new pool of potential talent, which up until now has remained untapped.
“Solas and the Apprenticeship Council are open to this idea, and opportunities need to be developed for people who would like to work in Leinster House, but don’t have a third-level qualification. “An apprenticeship programme for positions in the Houses of the Oireachtas would have a transformative effect. It will open up access to people who are currently under-represented in the two Houses, and it will boost the prestige of the apprenticeship system itself.
“The new parliamentary apprenticeships would be developed in partnership with a recognised third-level institution, and validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland.
“The Houses of Parliament in Britain already run apprenticeship and placements that offer practical on-the-job training. We should be doing the same in Ireland by providing access to people who don’t have a relevant degree, or political connections, to work in the Dáil and Seanad, thus enabling them to pursue further education or career progression in public affairs.”
About apprenticeship in Ireland
There are currently 27 craft apprenticeships in Ireland, in areas such as construction, engineering and the motor sector. Other countries have a much broader tradition of apprenticeship. Germany has over 300 apprenticeships, across a wide range of sectors.
The second call for more apprenticeship proposals was launched by the Government in May 2017. The closing date for new Apprenticeship Proposals is 1st September 2017.
The CareersPortal Team