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Employers in Carlow and Kilkenny among those to be offered grants if they take on apprentices

Participating enterprises could benefit by up to €3,000 a year

Grants are set to be offered to employers to take on apprentices as part of a push to increase the number of people doing apprenticeships.

A new plan aims to see 10,000 people taking on apprenticeships every year by 2025, doubling the number from last year.

Employers will get around €3,000 per year for each apprentice they take on from 2022.

There will be extra supports for those who take on women, lone parents, people with a disability and people living in direct provision as part of a push to diversify apprenticeships.

A bursary programme is also being developed for people from those groups or disadvantaged backgrounds that would see them paid €5,000 a year, which will be capped at 100 members.