Apprenticeships in Ireland have been undergoing a bit of a change of late. Good news is there are a lot more opportunities now. Our youth Information team in Crosscare have put together a rough guide to introduce you to the basics, but the important thing to know is that you can contact us if you have any specific questions that we can help you with.
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What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is the term used to describe a period of training where you learn mostly on the job, mixing blocks of college work with full time employment. As an apprentice you will earn as you learn. You will be paid for your work and you will gain internationally recognised qualifications.
A pre-apprenticeship course is for young people who want to do an apprenticeship but don’t have the minimum entry requirements.
These courses have both hands-on and classroom based modules, and aim to develop skills, knowledge and expertise to gaining an apprenticeship in a range of trades or industries. For information you can contact us or SOLAS.
Craft Apprenticeships are coordinated by SOLAS.
There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.
- Be at least 16.
- Have a minimum of five D grades in the Junior Cert or equivalent (QQI level 3/4).
- In reality, however, many employers would prefer to take on those with a Leaving Cert or equivalent.
If you can’t meet these criteria, you can still become an apprentice if you:
- Complete an approved pre-apprenticeship training course.
- Are over 16 and have worked for at least three years in a relevant industry that SOLAS approves and have competed a successful assessment interview.
To promote the entry of women into the designated apprenticeships, SOLAS/ETBs offer a bursary as an incentive to employers to encourage them to recruit more women. More information can be found on the old FAS website
There are new apprenticeships available in areas such as;
NFQ level 5 to 9 is offered through the individual industries. There are different entry criteria depending on the sector and job. The most common way is through the Leaving Cert, however there are also other ways to meet the criteria. Individual Sectors have different application dates and methods.
Where to find apprenticeships:
To help find employers Careers Portal have a great list of where to find potential employers here. Also keep an eye on their ‘news’ section which details current opportunities some of which are apprenticeships. They also have a lot of information about existing apprenticeships including training and entry requirements.You can also contact the relevant professional bodies such as the Accounting Technicians of Ireland, Insurance Practitioners of Ireland etc. A quick tip would be to join their mailing list, keep and eye out for recruitment drives and talk to potential employers.Call into your local to SOLAS and make an appointment to talk to someone about apprenticeships. Check with SOLAS for details of employers that are looking for an apprentice. Also their website Apprenticeship.ie gives advice on how to find apprenticeships etc.
If you are interested in Construction you can register your interest and create an account with apprentices.ie also see their vacancy page for current opportunities.
You can also check out vacancies online with Jobs Ireland.
Quick tip – keep at it and be persistent!
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If you can’t find the information that you need about apprenticeships we are here to help you. You can find us in our office in Bray at St Bricin’s on the Herbert Rd, or in The Seomra Youth Centre. We are also in The Vault youth Centre each week, and can be contacted through the youth workers in Newtownmountkennedy and Kilcoole.