Kildare and Wicklow ETB Newsletter Issue 10 Learn, Work, Live - Page 23


The presentation of the QQI Advanced Craft Certificates took place in the City West Hotel, Saggart. Co Dublin on Friday 25th November 2016.

The graduating apprentices were from DDLETB, CDETB, LWETB, LOETB and KWETB.

76 Apprentices graduated from KWETB and many of them were presented with their Advanced Craft Certificate by Mr. Paul O’Toole, CEO, SOLAS.

KWETB were represented by Mr Sean Ashe, CE, Ms Caitriona Murphy, FET Director, Ms Eileen Cullen, Training Services Manager, Ms Ann McLoughlin, Senior Training Advisor, Ms Brid Reilly, Senior Training Advisor, Ms Bernie McDonnell and Ms Ann Donohoe, Administration Naas.

Over the last year there has been an increased focus on Apprenticeships. Under the guidance of the Apprenticeship Council, the apprenticeship system in Ireland is expanding.

Currently, over 20 new apprenticeships are being developed in new sectors including Financial Services, Insurance, HGV Driving and Baking. Alongside this, we are seeing an increase in the number of new apprentices being registered across all of the existing trades. This is a testament to the high regard with which the apprenticeship system in Ireland is held. It has long been respected as a comprehensive and successful education and career path for people of all ages.