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1,000 construction workers being hired monthly - CIF 05.09.16

SOME 1,000 extra construction workers are being hired each month in Ireland with more apprenticeships being offered to meet demand, according to the industry.
Four construction companies are participating in a new pilot apprenticeship scheme with each company offering trade and other key skills to participants.
The scheme is being run in conjunction with Solas and the industry is now hoping for a national roll-out to "radically increase the quantity of quality apprenticeships in the industry".
The four participating companies are Clancy Construction, Cleary Doyle, Mythen Construction and Anthony Neville Homes.
They plan to share apprentices between them during the four-year term of the apprenticeships.
Construction Industry Federation (CIF) head of training Dermot Carey said: “The economic downturn meant that there wasn’t sufficient activity to maintain high levels of apprentices in the construction industry. Those participating in apprentices dropped nearly 900% from a high of 4,491 in 2007 to 534 in 2011. Currently, activity has picked up with the industry approaching the €15billion output mark this year and we’re hiring 1,000 new people every month since late 2014."
Mr Carey added: "As ever, activity and demand move faster than the time it takes to produce graduates and apprentices so we may face a skills shortage in the near term. This shared apprentice scheme is just one initiative between industry, Solas and the network of Education and Training Boards around the country.”
The CIF recently established a website aimed at companies and students interested in pursuing a construction apprenticeship. The website is www.apprentices.ie .
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