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Ireland: Training and development

Original and updating author: Mark Carley


  • Save for exceptions related to health and safety, employers have no statutory obligation to provide or finance training for employees. (See General)
  • Employers must pay a 1% contribution of employees' earnings to a national training fund. (See Employers' levy)
  • A statutory apprenticeship system applies to craft trades while there are non-statutory apprenticeships for certain non-craft occupations. (See Apprenticeships)
  • There is a national traineeship programme for certain occupations. (See Traineeships)