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Pupils from Loreto College Swords, Sophie Ellen Burch, Chloe Cooper, Amy Riley, Niamh Fulton, Tara Fitzgerald and Hannah Brady with Gunner Aaron Craig, Newbridge Recruitment, Defence Forces at  Higher Options, RDS. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

The growing popularity of apprenticeships among secondary school students was evident at this year’s Irish Times Higher Options event in Dublin. Tens(...)

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This year, students at Higher Options are being urged to consider apprenticeship, traineeship and PLC options. Solas, the further education and trai(...)

PB Machine Tech managing director Lily Holmes: “The best advice was being persuaded by our Burnside auditor to study accountancy.”

In her own words, developing a business in “a man’s world of engineering . . . was no mean task”. But that’s exactly what Lily Holmes has done, growi(...)

There were just over 201,000 people working in the manufacturing sector in Ireland in 2016

A consortium of engineering and manufacturing companies has launched a new apprenticeship scheme to fill a skills gap faced by equipment manufacturing(...)

Manufacturing at the Combilift Forklifts. Ahead of Brexit, Combilift is applying to the Revenue  for authorised economic operator status, which allows for a quicker passage through checkpoints. Photograph: David Sleator

Many Irish businesses were caught in the fallout from Brexit almost as soon as UK voters chose to leave the world’s biggest trading bloc, in June 2016(...)

Edmond Scanlon (centre) receives the lifetime achievement award on behalf of Kerry Group at the Asia Matters Business Awards in Dublin, presented by Asia Matters chairman Alan Dukes (left) and Martin Murray, its executive director. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kerry Group’s success in Asian markets has been recognised with the Tralee-based group winning the main company prize at the inaugural Asia Matters Bu(...)

Gary McCaffrey: “It is very interesting learning stuff in college and then going out and seeing how it actually works.”

What did you study and where? I studied a one-year engineering course at Monaghan Institute. The course is run in conjunction with Combilift with ti(...)

Ireland has been transformed as a society by the introduction of free second-level education 50 years ago which enabled children to build careers base(...)

The judges for the Irish Times Business Awards, from left to right: Martin McVicar, managing director of Combilift; Margot Slattery, country president for Sodexo Ireland; Mark Ryan, a non-executive director; Cathriona Hallahan, managing director of Microsoft Ireland;  Caroline Keeling, chief executive of Keelings;  Shaun Murphy, managing partner of KPMG, and Dr John Hegarty, chairman of The Irish Times Trust

With the clock ticking down to the inaugural Irish Times Business Awards, in association with KPMG, a panel of judges met this week at Microsoft Irela(...)

Combilift manufactures forklifts at its Monaghan plant.

Forklift manufacturer and material handling solutions provider Combilift is to create 200 jobs in Monaghan over the next three years. Combilift is se(...)

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