Apprenticeship funding another casualty of Fine Gael’s tax giveaway – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has said that funding for apprenticeship education and training is another casualty of Fine Gael’s tax giveaway as he reveals €13.3 million has been cut from the 2018 apprenticeship budget allocation.
Speaking from Leinster House, the Limerick City TD said;
“I am incredibly disappointed to see funding for apprenticeship education and training becoming another casualty of Fine Gael’s irresponsible 2018 budget.
“Back in May, I got a response from a Parliamentary Question outlining an estimated apprenticeship budget for 2018 of €135.3 million, based on the annual target registrations set out in the government’s five year Action Plan to Expand Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
“Yesterday, I got a response to a new Parliamentary Question outlining that the actual budget for 2018 will be €122 million, over €13 million less in funding.
“This is both disappointing and frustrating and it highlights Fine Gael’s total disregard for this avenue of higher level education and training.
“Using the government’s own figures, a cut of €13.3 million will mean about 2,000 less apprentices in 2018.
“Apprenticeships offer an alternative avenue to young people for which full time college education does not suit. Cutting funding for over 2,000 places will result in some of these young people’s education finishing at the Leaving Cert, or forcing others to emigrate to find better opportunities abroad.
“Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget 2018 provided for an apprenticeship budget of over €144 million for 2018, enough funding to support 21,000 apprentices and the development of 13 new apprenticeship programmes.
“In their desperate attempt to match Fianna Fáil’s penchant for tax giveaways, Fine Gael has sacrificed the further education and training of our young people in exchange for hoping a fiver extra a week will make people vote for them.”