Gender-Based Bursary for Apprenticeship Employers Announced

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Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD launched a new gender-based bursary for apprenticeship employers yesterday, 14th April 2022, as part of the Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021-2025 and the ongoing drive on gender balance and diversity in the workplace and in our national apprenticeship system.

About the Bursary

An amount of €2,666 per apprentice is available to employers who employ an apprentice from a minority gender on one of 41 target apprenticeship programmes.

The bursary will be paid in two installments: €1,333 is payable following completion of 6 months training by the apprentice(s), with the second payment of €1,333 is payable following completion of 18 months training by the apprentice(s).

The bursary is being implemented with effect from 01 January 2022 and covers all new apprentice registrations from that date on eligible national apprenticeship programmes.

How this Affects Our Industry

Hairdressing is the one apprenticeship on the the list of eligible programmes where the minority gender is males, so employers who employ males on a hairdressing apprenticeship will be eligible.

How to Apply

If you employ an apprentice male hairdresser, you may apply for the bursary via the Apprenticeship Unit in your local Education and Training Board which you can find on this contact list on

An application form for the bursary can be accessed via your local ETB Senior Training Advisor. Following submission of your bursary application a representative will be in contact to progress your application.

For more information on the bursary, including terms and conditions, read the full announcement on

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