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
- 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. However, before registering an apprentice, employers must contact the Apprenticeship Team (detailed on the right) to ensure that they are approved to recruit apprentices.
Useful employer information is also available from the National Apprenticeship Website.
Donegal ETB Apprenticeship Team, Letterkenny Training Centre
Manager: Vinny McGroary
Tel: 074 9120500
Clerical Officer: Aidan Guthrie
Tel: 074 9120594
Senior Training Advisor: Lorraine Murray
Tel: 074 9120506
Senior Training Advisor: Tom Egan
Tel: 074 9120561