Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) has announced the establishment of a major Apprenticeship Centre for Drogheda, the first of its kind in Ireland. Demand for apprenticeship in Ireland remains exceptionally high, with 8,607 apprenticeship registrations in 2021, the highest since 2007. There is also a significant challenge with electrical waiting lists, with circa 3,500 apprentices waiting on training for this programme at present.
Martin G O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer of LMETB, and member of the Drogheda Implementation Board said “We are very pleased to bring this new centre to Drogheda. It will enable LMETB to grow and expand our capacity to deliver apprenticeships across the region and addressing the current waiting list”.
It is anticipated that the centre will open in early spring and provide training to almost 400 apprentices annually. It will also mean the establishment of up 20 new permanent jobs in Drogheda.