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 www.apprenticeship.ie
School leavers can find more information on apprenticeships in this information brochure: Further Education and Training (FET) Options for School Leavers.
- Gain employment with an approved employer.
- Educational and age criteria varies depending on the apprenticeship. Check apprenticeship.ie 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 www.apprenticeshipjobs.ie.
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.
Donegal ETB Apprenticeship Team, Letterkenny Training Centre
Senior Training Advisor
Acting Senior Training Advisor
Apprenticeship Support Officer
Tel: 074 9120500 / 087 1183137
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