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Common sense prevails with Solas and apprenticeship schemes- Mayor Holland

29 October, 2015 - by Sarah Holland


Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Sarah Holland, has welcomed the news that Solas has agreed to let more apprentices join in the South Dublin County Council Painting Scheme.

She said

“Solas, that is led by the Department of Education, had originally limited the council to one apprentice per qualified painter.

We had money set aside for the scheme to start painting our housing stock, but were facing bureaucratic barriers by Solas.

I’m delighted to see common sense has prevailed and we can now recruit around a baker’s dozen apprentices.

Not only will our housing stock be brightened up in a considerably faster time, but we will be helping these young apprentices get the experience and qualifications they need to enter the workforce as fully fledged painters.

I have raised the possibility of apprenticeships several times, as have colleagues from other parties.

An apprenticeship is a mutually beneficial agreement – the apprentice ends up with a recognised qualification and we get the help we need to keep our county shipshape.

The scheme is fairer then Jobridge or Gateway, and could be used across the board.  There is a broad listing of trades which could be more widely used in the public service, both to keep costs down and to ready citizens for the workforce.”

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