Guide to Apprenticeships

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.

 

Pre-Apprenticeship

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

Craft Apprenticeships are coordinated by SOLAS.

Entry requirements:

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.

Female Bursary

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

 

Occupational Apprenticeships:

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.

Our phone number is 01 2050502, or you can email youthspin@crosscare.ie.  You can also find us on Facebook or Twitter

 

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Apprenticeships and other current opportunities


In our Facebook and twitter pages we have being making people aware of a number of Apprenticeship and training opportunities happening just at the moment. This post is just a quick round up of the different opportunities that are currently on offer

 

Apprenticeships

At the moment there are national recruitment campaigns happening for both the ESB and for Eir, while a new occupational apprenticeship has just been announced.

The ESB are recruiting Electrical Apprentices.

You need to be over 16 as of 1st June 2017 and have a minimum of a Junior Cert with Grade C (ordinary level)  in 5 subjects which must include Irish or English, Maths, Science (although this can include Technology  Home Ec and some other subjects)

Closing date for applications March 30th 2017

Further details can be found here

http://www.candidatemanager.net/cm/p/pJobDetails.aspx?mid=YGTWB&sid=BUDY&jid=GTBCXUWU&a=tXihOt3zRCE%253d

Note: YouthSpin hopes to host talks aimed at young people given by ESB staff. These will take place in the coming weeks in Bray and Arklow. Details will be advertised on our Facebook page, Twitter and through local groups when we have confirmed details.

Eir are recruiting Telecommunications Field Technician Apprentices

This is a two year apprenticeship, mostly field based. So applicants need to have a full driving licence before the end of April 2017. They need to have passed 6 subjects in the Leaving Cert or the LCA (Must have maths)

Closing Date for applications April 9th 2017

Further details can be found here

https://careers.eir.ie/wd/plsql/wd_portal.show_job?p_web_site_id=1964&p_web_page_id=278943&p_vacancy=eir-apprentice-programme-eir&p_lang=DEFAULT

 

Bus Eireann & Dublin Bus – Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Apprenticeship

Bus Eireann & Dublin Bus are recruiting for their 2017 Apprenticeship programme.

You must be 16 by August 1st

Candidates must have obtained the following minimum standards at the time of applying.

Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:

  1. Irish or English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science Subject (Technology, Art, Craft & Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork).
  4. Any two other subjects

(Grade D or higher on higher level papers is acceptable)

Closing date is APRIL 1st

Further details are available here

http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=446

Atlantic Aviation Group Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship

If aircraft and engineering are your thing, then this might be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  The scheme isn’t actually open just yet, but it will be very soon

If you might be interested you need to like or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. They will be advertising it through their social media rather than normal ways, so their Facebook etc is the best way to find out about their different courses.
For the apprenticeship, you have to be over 17 and have a good Leaving cert.

Further details can be found here or downloaded here

http://atlanticaviation.ie/atlantic-aviation-institute/apprenticeships/
http://careersnews.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Atlantic_Aviation_Group_DLB_WEB.pdf

 

Polymer Processing Technologist apprenticeship

The latest of the new ‘occupational’ apprenticeships has been launched. It is called a ‘Polymer Processing Technologist apprenticeship’. In simple terms, working with plastics and plastic moulding to produce plastic and polymer products for different industries.

polymer appUnlike the traditional apprenticeships the minimum education is Leaving Cert and the training goes all the way up to level 7. The training takes place in Athlone IT and online through Sligo IT

Unlike traditional apprenticeships where you would do a block college session, apprentices in this scheme would need to attend one day a week, while working for 4 days.

Apprentices will need to find companies that are willing to take on apprentices in order to apply. (Plastics Ireland have a map of all the different factories etc that are producing plastics and polymers.)

Further details can be found here
http://www.regionalskills.ie/ImageLibary/Midlands/Polymer-Apprenticeship-Brochure.pdf

 

Note – there is a bursary available for employers hiring women as apprentices.  This can be up to €2600 for 28 weeks.

Further information found via SOLAS here
http://www.fas.ie/en/Allowances+and+Grants/Female+Bursary.htm

Trainee programmes

Air Traffic Controller Programme

If you have considered a career as an air traffic controller then maybe a place in the Student Controller Programme would be of interest.

Applicants must be at least 19 years of age. They must also have passed at least five subjects in the Leaving Certificate (including Mathematics) with Grade C in at least two higher level papers or hold a comparable award at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Note these are the minimum requirements. There is a series of follow up assessments and tests that follow the initial application.  aii logo

Closing date is 15th March

Further details can be found here

https://www.iaa.ie/careers/student-controller-programme

 

Red Rock training Scheme

To gain some real life experience of working on the set of a TV Drama, the makers of the TV Programme Red Rock are offering 6 week work placements in a variety of production  departments

Age or educational requirements are not mentioned, but applicants should submit a CV and covering letter. Red-Rock-21-june

Closing date for applications March 17th 2017

Further details available here

https://www.screentrainingireland.ie/news/red-rock-training-scheme-2017/

Other ongoing training

Carnew Training and Development Centre are holding a number of courses that start in the coming weeks

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Bray Area Partnership run a number of courses, such as Safe Pass, Barista Training and ECDL.

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Jobs

The Defence Forces are currently recruiting for the Army and Navy.

Army applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Naval Service applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 27 years of age on the closing date for applications.

No formal education qualifications are required to join the Defence Forces as a recruit. However, you must satisfy the Interview Board and the Recruiting Officer that you possess a sufficient standard of education for service in the Defence Forces

Closing date for applications is April 5th

Further details available here for the army and here for the navy

http://www.military.ie/careers/army/recruits/

http://www.military.ie/careers/naval-service/recruits/

 

Note: YouthSpin hopes to host talks aimed at young people given by Defence Forces personnel. These will take place in the coming weeks in Newtownmountkennedy and Arklow. Details will be advertised on our Facebook page, Twitter and through local groups.