Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021-2025 Launched

21 April 2021 

Minister Harris and Collins launch Five-Year Action Plan for Apprenticeship

From Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science  Published on 

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, have today, (Monday), launched the Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021-2025.

The Action Plan sets out a five year strategy to deliver on the Programme for Government commitment of reaching 10,000 new apprentice registrations per year by 2025.

The plan provides a roadmap to a single apprenticeship system and new supports for employers and apprentices.

It will also do the following:

  • create a new National Apprenticeship Office to drive reforms
  • a new grant for employers, with a top-up grant for areas of identified national skills needs and/or targeted recruitment of underrepresented groups such as female apprentices, or lone-parents, people with disabilities, or members of the Travelling community
  • non-financial supports targeted to SMEs in areas such as recruitment and supervision of apprentices
  • set targets for the public sector to take on apprentices and to create cross-sector apprentices
  • examine the potential development of new cross-border apprentice programmes and support apprentice engagement in international programmes such as Erasmus

See the full press release here.

See the launch and download the Action Plan for Apprenticeships 2021-2025 here.