Darndale career planners urged to attend Apprenticeship Fair

Padraig Conlon 15 Mar 2023

RESIDENTS of the Darndale, Belcamp and Moatview areas interested in an apprenticeship have been urged to attend the Northside Partnership Apprenticeship Fair.

Employers and training providers will highlight a vast array of programmes available in the locality.

It takes place at the Northside Civic Centre, Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin 17 on Tuesday, March 28 between 10.00am and 2.00 pm.

Free tickets for the Fair are available at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/northside-partnership-apprenticeship-fair-2023-tickets-552637111477?aff=erelexpmlt

There will be 30-minute slots and numbers are limited to 50 per session.

A bus will run from Darndale’s Sphere 17 at 11.00am on the day.

A wide range of employers will attend the fair across all fields of employment, including hairdressing, catering, engineering, healthcare, finance and hospitality.

Apprenticeships allow participants to earn while they learn, without student loans or fees – and they are proving an increasingly popular way to continue in education without going to college.

Structured training programmes allow apprentices work towards a qualification and gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed.

Apprenticeship schemes provide hands-on training and experience and help apprentices become confident in the work environment.

There are now hundreds of types of apprenticeships schemes from fields as diverse as construction to accountancy and mechanics to business.

“Apprentices can be just as capable as graduates who spent three to four years at third-level,” said Dr Jack Nolan, chair of the Darndale Implementation Oversight group (IOG), the community focused initiative of Dublin City Council for the area.

“For the employer, it is a cost-effective way of employing new workers, whilst for the apprentice, it offers an accelerated option to becoming fully qualified.

“Apprentices are informed from the very beginning as to how exactly jobs are to be completed and can be moulded into what an employer needs them to be. “Apprenticeship programmes help develop skilled work forces across many sectors and are helping rebuild the economy post-pandemic.

“The Northside Partnership Apprenticeship Fair is an opportunity for those struggling to find a job, but unable to go to college, to explore a tried and trusted route to employment.”

The Northside Partnership is a not-for-profit Local Development Company working with local people, representatives from communities, the State, employers, trade unions and elected representatives.

For more information on the Northside Partnership Apprenticeship Fair, please email paul.hayes@nspartnership.ie or call Northside Partnership at 01-848-5630.

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