The Ireland business training sector employs around 1,000 people across Ireland, employs over 4,000 in Scotland, and employs about 1,400 people in the UK.
The majority of these workers are part-time, but the Irish Business Training Association estimates there are up to 80,000 full-time jobs available in the sector.
The Association estimates it could create as many as 2,000 new jobs.
A spokesperson for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills said the Department was committed to working with the industry to deliver the best possible training for the workforce.
“As a nation, we value the professional skills and knowledge that our employees bring to our businesses, and that’s why we are continually working to improve the way that we train our workforce,” he said.
“This is what is so important to our business leaders, the people who are in their shoes, and their employees and our business and community members.”
The Department of Transport and Regional Development said the Government was committed “to improving the skills of our employees and business owners and supporting the growth of the industry”.
The Government will also consider whether it could provide support to local businesses, such as in the case of the training of the apprentices, in the event of a job loss.