What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education or training centre. It is a dual system, which is a blended combination of on-the-job employer-based training and off-the-job training which prepares the participant for a specific occupation, and leads to a qualification nationally recognised on the National Framework of Qualifications from Level 5 – Level 10.

Apprentices earn while they learn and build valuable work-ready skills in a chosen occupation. Apprenticeships open up exciting and rewarding careers, with learning grounded in the practical experience of undertaking a real job.

Apprenticeships are available in the following sectors; Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Finance, Hospitality, ICT, Logistics, Biopharma, Motor, Property Services, with many more in development.

Apprentices are employed by an approved employer for the duration of the programme which is generally between 2-4 years. Apprenticeship programmes typically provide at least 50% workplace-based learning.

Additional information can be found on

Entry Requirements:

  • Gain employment with an approved employer.
  • Educational and age criteria varies depending on the apprenticeship.  Check for entry requirements.

Benefits for Employers:

Apprenticeships are based on uniform, pre-specified and industry agreed standards.
Apprenticeships comply with current and future needs of the chosen occupation through the systematic development and assessment of skills, knowledge and competencies. Apprentices become more productive and reach efficient worker standards more quickly.

Employers wishing to recruit apprentices may advertise their vacancies on Jobs Ireland and also on  However, before registering an apprentice, employers must contact the Apprenticeship Team to ensure that they are approved to recruit apprentices.

Useful employer information is also available from the National Apprenticeship Website.

Please note: Donegal ETB provides the Phase 2 element for Motor Mechanics, Electrical, Electronic Security Systems, Carpentry and Joinery and Plumbing apprenticeships only. However, apprentices can be scheduled to locations outside the county so as not to delay their progress. It is important to note that for the craft apprenticeships, all Phase 4 and 6 training elements take place in locations outside the county. 

Contact Details

Donegal ETB Apprenticeship Team, Letterkenny Training Centre

Vinny McGroary
074 9120500

Clerical Officer
Aidan Guthrie
Tel: 074 9120594

Senior Training Advisor
Lorraine Murray
074 9120506

Senior Training Advisor
Tom Egan
Tel: 074 9120561

Good luck Christopher! Christopher Kehoe, who has been trained by our staff member Cathal McGee, is pictured here ready to start his @WorldSkillsKZN competition in #welding this morning, representing @WorldSkillsIE. 🇮🇪🇷🇺 #TeamIreland

1/2: Huge thanks to Brendan Kelly of @KellysToyota, Letterkenny and Mountcharles for delivery of the first Hybrid training vehicle (a 2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid) to our Letterkenny Training Centre.

And they’ve arrived! @WorldSkillsIE #welding competitor Christopher and welding expert (and our staff member) Cathal are pictured at @WorldSkillsKZN! 👨‍🏭🇮🇪 🇷🇺

'Not alone does an apprenticeship give you invaluable on-the-job experience and top notch training, but an academic qualification right up to postgraduate level. That’s some CV.' #generationapprenticeship #thisisfet

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Apprenticeship Programmes typically provide at least 50% workplace based learning.

Apprenticeship Programme Supports

The following supports are available while on our Apprenticeship Programme


 Training is a dual system, which is a blended combination of on-the-job employer-based training and off-the-job training.