THE government is to consider giving youngsters the chance to finish their apprenticeships in Limerick City Build.
Social entrepreneur Ray O’Halloran has taken over the former Cahill May Roberts building and transformed it into workshop space for deprived youths.
Using a model set up in Glasgow, there is also space for 26 different start-up firms in the building, with the businesses centred around carpentry, plumbing and cabinet making.
The condition for the entrepreneurs using for the entrepreneurs using the space is that they employ some of the youths on training programmes in the upper parts of the complex.
Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English joined local TD Kieran O’Donnell on a visit to the site at Bank Place.
With many apprenticeships falling victim to the downturn, Mr O’Halloran has said he is ready to step in.
It has won the backing of Mr O’Donnell, while his cabinet colleague has also pledged to review the plan.
“I believe this to be a very sensible and very positive approach which will be of benefit to many young people in helping them to get the necessary work experience and skills to complete their apprenticeships and increase their job prospects,” he said.