What is a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is a programme of structured training which combines learning in an education and training setting and in the workplace aiming to improve employment outcomes for participants and increase retention and productivity within industry.

Traineeships enable learners to develop cutting edge skills and knowledge on-the-job, making them more skilled, more employable and enhancing their career options.

New traineeships are developed on an ongoing basis across a range of industries and sectors in response to identified skill needs.


Traineeships are FREE but some fees may apply. For example with the Beauty Therapist Traineeship, learners are responsible for purchasing their own makeup kit costs which generally cost around €350.00 (a payment plan can be arranged in this case). Some learners may be entitled to meal and travel allowances.

How do I apply for a Traineeship?

You can apply online through (use traineeship as your keyword) or contact our Letterkenny Training Centre to apply.

The entry requirements vary depending on the level of the course and the aptitude and skills required for successful completion. Aptitude tests and interviews are used in certain cases to select participants.

The current suite of programmes can be viewed here.

School leavers can find more information on our traineeships in this information brochure:

Further Education and Training (FET) Options for School Leavers

Contact Details

Donegal ETB Letterkenny Training Centre
Tel: 071 9120500

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Traineeships are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union. #EUinMyRegion

Student Stories

Read Dean’s Donegal Weaving traineeship story. 

Read Teresa’s Medical/Legal Administration traineeship story. 

Read Stephen’s Outdoor Activity Instructor traineeship story. 

Read James, Craig and Stephen’s Communication Systems Installation traineeship story. 

Read Martina’s Public Works Operations and Maintenance traineeship story.

Read Enya’s Beauty Therapy traineeship story.​

Read Ryan’s Communication Systems Installation traineeship story.

Read Stuart’s Engineering Operations traineeship story.

Read Niall’s Healthcare Support traineeship story.

Read Emma’s Digital Sales and Marketing traineeship story.

Did you know that if you are unemployed, you can start a Traineeship and still retain your unemployment benefit?

Traineeship Programme Supports

The following supports are available while on our Traineeship Programme


The Career Guidance Service offers impartial and confidential information, advice and counselling on career options.