Launch of New Original Equipment Manufacturing Apprenticeship on Monday 14th January 2019

January 16, 2019

New Original Equipment Manufacturing Apprenticeship was launched by Joe McHugh, TD  Minister for Education and Skills, Donegal and Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation on Monday 14th January 2019

The newly developed Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) Apprenticeship was launched in Monaghan at an event hosted by employer consortium member, Combilift, on the 14th January 2019 at 11.00am.

The event was attended by a host of stakeholders including employers from the OEM sector, potential apprentices, Cavan Monaghan ETB (the coordinating provider of the education and training programme) and collaborating provider Limerick Clare ETB. In addition, a range of other stakeholders including QQI, SOLAS, Enterprise Ireland, ETBI, National Skills Forum members and third level institutions were in attendance.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) are a group of Irish companies, mostly in the Engineering Sector, that provide innovative and practical solutions to a broad range of customer needs.  Many are market leaders in their field.  They range in size from SME’s and family run businesses to larger companies such as Combilift, Dairymaster, Dennison and Dromone Engineering. In 2015, a group of these companies formed an employer-led consortium which made a formal application to the Apprenticeship Council. Their submission was for a bespoke programme of education and training supported by on the job application, to meet the evolving skill set requirements of their businesses. The programme development and delivery is funded by SOLAS.

The OEM Apprenticeship programme is targeted at the Original Equipment Manufacturing, Installation and Services Sector which sells to National and International markets. These products are for use in the agricultural, transportation, materials handling, quarry, construction equipment, food processing, recycling handling and allied industries.

The Apprenticeship has two core objectives:

  1. To provide trained OEM Apprentices, thereby bridging the gap for the OEM industry
  1. To offer credible career paths and progression routes for these apprentices.

Martin McVicar, representing employers, outlined the origins of this new apprenticeship and the needs that it will fulfil for industry as identified through the Occupational Skills Profile.

Speaking at the event, Mr John Kearney outlined the training programme and the potential progression routes for students completing this three year apprenticeship.  Mr Kearney was delighted by the opportunities this new Level 6, QQI award has opened up for participants in terms of applied skills development but also the prospects of life-long learning.  Graduates of the OEM Apprenticeship will have the potential to continue along specific learning pathways up to and including Level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The learner journey was brought to life through the contribution of Éoghan O’ Murchadha, Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute. Éoghan is a qualified apprentice himself and a passionate advocate of the National Apprenticeship model.

The OEM Apprenticeship is open for recruitment from the 14th January 2019 with a proposed start date of the 19th March 2019.

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