Labour shortage observed across several agricultural industries is hitting machinery garages, with mechanics leaving the trade and not enough apprentices in training. According to industry experts, There are only half the required number of apprentices in training to facilitate these roles.
The number of people enrolled as apprentice agricultural mechanics in 2017 reported a slight increase on the previous year to 152 registered by August 31, 2017. However, the number of apprentice agri mechanics makes up less than 1.5% of the total number of apprenticeships taken on across the board each year.
There is currently a demand for more apprentice schemes to be made available to cater for the demand. There are around 40 apprentices registered in each of two training courses: the degree-level apprenticeship run by Tralee IT and the FTMTA which can be accessed here and the craft course operated by SOLAS which can be accessed without the Leaving Cert and is avaialble here.
The role of a Agricultural mechanics are concerned with fault-finding, repair, overhaul and maintenance of farm tractors and farm machinery.
To learn more about the role of an Agricultural Mechanic and entry routes click here.
For vacancies O'Shea Plant Hire & Sales company based in Kilkenny and current vacancies for an Agricultural Mechanic and Store Person and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV and Cover Letter.
For more information on all the above check out our New Apprenticeships 2020 page here.