Guest blog: Research shows need need for more practical career options


If you’re looking for alternative path to education, an apprenticeship may be something you want to consider, says Anne Roberts of the Insurance Institute of Ireland.

While many young people plan to attend college, it is important to know all your options before you make your final decision.

Opportunities for apprenticeships no longer just apply to craft-based jobs such as carpentry, construction or motoring. They can also be found in sectors such as finance and insurance.

According to research done by the Insurance Institute of Ireland, 83% of 18-34 year olds agreed that an educational approach which allows them to earn in an industry is appealing. As well as this 17% believed that starting an apprenticeship is the best way to ensure a successful working career.

One in five 18-34 year olds considered applying to apprenticeships, which shows not all students immediately see college as the right road for them.

The research was launched at the 2018 Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship which is now in its 3rd year and is Ireland’s first level 8-degree apprenticeship. This apprenticeship is 3 years long and blends on-the-job learning with a bachelor’s degree.

In this year’s budget, the government allocated €122 million meaning that the number and variety of apprenticeships is likely to expand.

Speaking at the launch, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, commended the increasing variation in apprenticeships.

“Now more than ever there are really fantastic opportunities in apprenticeship. Not only are we growing the traditional craft-based programmes after their demise during the recession, but new industries are now embracing the apprenticeship model for the first time, giving people  great opportunities to ‘earn while they learn’ in really exciting new areas.”

The CEO of the Insurance Institute of Ireland, Dermot Murray, praised the growing positivity towards apprenticeships and pointed out that with a programme like theirs, everyone can win.

“The bottom line is that our student /employees earn a good wage while working towards a level 8 honours BA degree, and our employers get access to a pool of candidates who are engaged, hungry and driven.”

Apprenticeships can be the ideal solution for those who want to get ‘real world’ experience while learning about their chosen discipline.

Why not watch gradireland’s dedicated Insurance sector videos to see what careers in this area really involve, and hear from apprentices, both current and former, about their experiences.

If you are interested in the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship you can find out more information at . 


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