Institutes of Technology are due to receive €8 million from the State to buy equipment to bring apprenticeship courses they offer up to date.

The funding is the second tranche of a recapitalisation programme for apprenticeship courses.

The Department of Education is today releasing a breakdown of how this year's funding will be distributed among 10 Institutes of Technology around the country. 

The money will be spent on new equipment linked to the implementation of new syllabi in a number of apprenticeship courses.

Dublin Institute of Technology will receive the largest amount of funding this year.

The institute said the funding would enable it to bring equipment and syllabi up to the current standards and requirements of industry.

The funding will go towards apprenticeships in Sheet Metalwork, Aircraft Maintenance, and a number of other areas. 

Apprenticeships are training programmes that combine learning in the workplace with learning in formal education settings.

An apprenticeship is created when an employer takes on an apprentice and agrees a contract of employment.

The Institutes of Technology are among a number of bodies that provide this classroom-based learning component in a variety of craft areas.

An apprentice would typically spend a number of weeks each year, in a block, attending classes.

The Government wants to double the number of new apprentices registered to 9,000 by 2020, and to expand the range of apprenticeship courses available into new areas.

An additional 6,000 apprenticeship registrations are planned for this year. 

In a statement announcing this year's funding, the Minister for Education said apprenticeship registrations had fallen by 80% over the course of the recession.

Richard Bruton reiterated his intention to reverse this, and to significantly expand apprenticeships into new industries.