The news that almost €2m has been awarded to DkIT to expand its apprenticeship capacity in the North East has been welcomed by the chairperson of the Board of Governors in the college, Paddy Malone.
The allocation was announced by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD on Monday and will ensure that more people can stay and study locally in the region while completing their trade apprenticeships. A total of €1,901,045 was allocated to the Electrical and Plumbing trades (Post September 2021 intake) and a further 50k for the Plumbing trade for this Septembers intake.
According to Paddy the news was especially good as DkIT got the highest amount percentage wise of any other college.
“Minister Harris made the announcement earlier today while meeting with the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce and we ended up getting a very good chunk of the pie which was worth €20m in total. We got more than any other college when you take the size of each institution into account so obviously we are delighted,” stated Paddy.
“Minister Harris acknowledged that DkIT is not currently in a consortium situation with regards to becoming a TU so he is determined to ensure that we are not left behind by giving us this large slice of the pie. This is a real vote of confidence in both the region and in DkIT.
“We are grateful for the good work of the HEA and Dr Michael Mulvey and his team for helping to get this money and we will be using the Carroll Building on campus for the extra apprenticeship courses coming into the college,” added Paddy.
As we rebuild our economy there will be a big demand for trades such as plumbers and electricians and this funding will allow more people to train in sectors that will provide them with good jobs,” he concluded.