Updated: 10/07/17 : 15:25:40
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McLoughlin announces €578k for IT Sligo apprenticeships

Fine Gael T.D. and Assistant Whip, Tony McLoughlin has announced that €578,277 in funding has been allocated to IT Sligo today for capital investment works in order to enable it to increase its apprenticeship capacity. This is part of an allocation over €8m for 10 Institutes of Technology across the country announced this morning by the Fine Gael led Government.

Deputy McLoughlin said that “This new funding allocation for IT Sligo will enable it to purchase new machinery and equipment and to carry out enabling works for the implementation of new programmes and for the development of new Electrical apprenticeships in the college.  

“Today’s announcement comes on the back of a separate positive announcement for St. Angela’s College, last week which received €350,000 in Government funding in order to enable the College increase its Home Economics classes capacity.

I think that both these announcements show the Government’s commitments towards improving the educational options available to people in this regions as well as showing that Sligo and the Northwest region in general are the focus of their attention.

“Apprenticeships and traineeships give an exciting career path for many young people from Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and Roscommon and I can advise that the Government is committed to improving existing apprentices and training programmes in the Northwest and also to opening new apprenticeships to cater for changing technology and workplace needs.

“I hope and anticipate that this allocation of funding will mean that more interested people from counties in the Northwest region will be able to choose an electrical apprenticeship of their choice at IT Sligo in the very near future” concluded McLoughlin.