Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) have launched a 12 week course to help young people from the inner city to secure apprenticeships.

Beginning next month, DIT's new access programme to support young people from disadvantaged areas will run throughout the academic year taking place in DIT’s Bolton St Campus.

Companies such as JP Morgan and ESB are involved in the programme, which will supoprt those who live in disadvantaged areas within the city.

48 students aged 16-24 will be given the opportunity to experience different types of apprenticeships over 10 weeks before going on work experience for two weeks.
 
Professor Brian Norton, said he believes the programme "can offer young people access to developing meaningful careers."
   
According to Prof Norton, those involved in the development of this programme believe in its ability to offer young people access to opportunities. He said, “Drawing on our long experience in apprentice education and our strong record in educational support for young people from areas of socio-economic disadvantage, we believe this programme can offer young people access to developing meaningful careers.”
 
In a press statement, Minister for Skills, Richard Bruton said,“Doing an apprenticeship is an exciting career opportunity for many. Industrial leaders in many sectors place a very high value on a trained apprentice, with many moving into senior managerial roles”.
 
He also said "tackling educational disadvantage is a key priority" and he has called the DIT trial scheme "a great initiative".
 
The pilot programme will end in June 2018 when the final group complete the course - plans for an expansion have yet to be announced.