New apprenticeship programme for commercial drivers to be launched in Sligo

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton will both be in the Atlantic Technology University campus in Sligo today for the launch of a new two year apprenticeship programme for commercial drivers.



The official launch of the new Transport Operations and Commercial Driving apprenticeship, is the first on the national framework of qualifications linked with the profession of Heavy Goods Vehicle Driving




The new two-year programme will provide the opportunity for employees to “earn as they learn” and to gain a Higher Education qualification as well as their professional driving qualification.


The apprenticeship is backed by a range of key stakeholders, including lead proposer Freight Transport Association Ireland, Co-ordinating provider Atlantic Technological University, the Health and Safety Authority, Insurance Ireland and CILT Ireland.