Inclusion of mechanics will empower bus and coach operators to recruit talented mechanics from around the world. The Government’s comprehensive changes to the employment permit system encompass 43 modifications to the list of eligible jobs, as well as a strategic roadmap for escalating salary thresholds. Notable additions to the General Employment Permit list include roles such as HGV motor mechanics, auto electricians and motor vehicle technicians.
The Coach Tourism & Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC) has welcomed the recent announcement made by the Government regarding changes to the employment permits system, specifically the inclusion of the motor mechanic role in the General Employment Permit system. This significant development, unveiled in December, opens new opportunities for the coach and bus industry, allowing operators to hire skilled mechanics from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Commenting on this positive shift, Willie Martin, Chair of the CTTC, expressed his satisfaction with the government’s decision on behalf of the organisation. “The CTTC has tirelessly advocated for the inclusion of both drivers and motor mechanics to be included in the General Employment Permit system over the past number of years. We are delighted to see this welcome change, which will empower our operators to recruit talented mechanics from around the world, ensuring a robust and skilled workforce within the coach tourism and transport sector.”
“The CTTC remains committed to collaborating with the government to further enhance the regulatory framework and create an environment conducive to the growth and success of the coach tourism and transport industry. I would like to thank the government and Minister Neale Richmond on making this important change following our representations.” Mr. Martin concluded.