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Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Apprenticeship Programmes

Rose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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265. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated overall apprenticeship population if the target of 10,000 new apprenticeship registrations is reached taking into account the variation in apprenticeship durations and dropout rate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17665/21]

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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The standing apprentice population is estimated to reach between 31,000 and 33,000 apprentices by 2025. This represents an expected increase of over 50% on the existing population of 19,969 at the end of February 2021.

There are currently 60 apprenticeship programmes of which 28 are four years in duration, 8 are three years and 24 are two years in duration. The actual population will be dependent on the range of takeup across the available apprenticeships, and those in development.

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