What is an Apprenticeship?

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 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.

Work is underway to introduce new, occupational apprenticeships to add to twenty-seven existing ‘craft’ apprenticeships.  Additional information can be found on

For further information about becoming, or employing, an apprentice, please contact a member of the Apprenticeship Services Team in Letterkenny Training Centre.