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Employers play a key role in the success of apprenticeships in Ireland. Apprenticeships aim to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to perform effectively as employees with the potential to progress and ability to respond to the emerging needs of the workplace and new techniques/technologies employed in their occupation.

Apprenticeships also provides industry with employees who have acquired mastery over the underpinning knowledge, skills and competences relevant to their occupation.

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 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.

Apprenticeships are available in the following sectors; Agriculture and Horticulture, Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Finance, Hospitality, ICT, Logistics, Biopharma, Hairdressing, Healthcare, Insurance, Sales, Recruitment, Motor, Property Services, with many more in development.  Additional information can be found on www.apprenticeship.ie.

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 https://apprenticeship.ie/career-seekers/jobs.

However, before registering an apprentice, employers must contact the Apprenticeship Team (details below) to ensure that they are approved to recruit apprentices.

Useful employer information is also available from the national Apprenticeship website.

Donegal ETB Apprenticeships

Donegal ETB’s Apprenticeship Team is responsible for the administration of the Apprenticeship programme within Donegal ETB.

Contact Details

Lorraine Murray
Senior Training Advisor

Claire Lernihan
Senior Training Advisor

Claire Gillespie
Apprenticeship Support Officer

Laura Darby, Teresa Duffy
Clerical Officers

Vinny McGroary

Tel: 074 9120500 / 087 1183137
Email: apprenticeship@donegaletb.ie