By Suzanne Pender
A CO CARLOW student is part of a group enrolled in a unique training course set up to tackle a major national shortage of appliance repair technicians.
Hacketstown’s Morgan Hughes and his fellow students received a ministerial stamp of approval last week when Minister of State Ossian Smyth visited their training center in Co Meath.
He was invited to the Fastrack to Information Technology (FIT) center in Dunshaughlin to meet participants enrolled in Ireland’s first such course in a decade.
Morgan’s course aims to address a major national shortage of appliance repair technicians, producing enough qualified experts to extend the life of repairable electrical appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and appliances. dryer.
Minister Smyth paid tribute to the various groups behind the ‘Circular Economy Skills Initiative’, which is training a new generation of repair engineers.
“This is a great initiative that will help make the circular economy a reality for consumers and industry. Having qualified technicians available to perform quality repairs gives users confidence that the goods being repaired are trustworthy and of great value. I wish this first cohort of interns good luck in what promises to be a very rewarding career,” said the Minister.
The course began in November, thanks to an initiative between the White Goods Association (WGA), WEEE Ireland and technical training agency FIT, supported by the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) and the CIRCULÉIRE Innovation Fund – Ireland’s first industry-led body. innovation network dedicated to accelerating the circular economy.
“Education, training and upskilling are essential to support more circular actions related to the supply of electrical goods and services. With a new generation of qualified repair engineers, we can ensure that perfectly repairable electrical devices are used longer,” said Ian Collins, president of the White Goods Association (WGA).