Apprenticeship

Craft Occupations
Apprenticeship applies to the following crafts:
  • Accounting Technician
  • Agricultural Mechanics
  • Aircraft Mechanics
  • Brick & Stonelaying
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Construction Plant Fitting
  • Commis Chef
  • Electrical
  • Electrical Instrumentation
  • Electronic Security Systems
  • Farriery
  • Floor & Wall Tiling
  • Heavy Vehicle Mechanics
  • Industrial Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Insulation
  • Instrumentation
  • International Financial Services Associate
  • Insurance Practice
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Mechanical Automation & Maintenance Fitting
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Motor Mechanics
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Pipefitting
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Polymer Processing Technology
  • Print Media
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
  • Sheet Metalworking
  • Stonecutting & Stonemasonry
  • Toolmaking
  • Vehicle Body Repairs
  • Wood Manufacturing & Finishing

 

North Kildare Region Contact South Kildare Region Contact
Derek McKenna, Senior Training Advisor
Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board, Suite 10, Osprey Business Centre, Devoy Quarter, Naas, Co. Kildare
087 756 2129
derekmckenna@kwetb.ie
Breda Reilly, Senior Training Advisor
Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board, Suite 10, Osprey Business Centre, Devoy Quarter, Naas, Co. Kildare
086 885 0109
bredareilly@kwetb.ie

 

Wicklow Region Contact
Ann McLoughlin, Senior Training Advisor
Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board
Arklow Further Education and Training Centre
Fernhill Plaza, Wexford Road, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
087 640 6020
annmcloughlin@kwetb.ie

 

How to become an Apprentice

You must obtain employment as an apprentice in your chosen occupation.  Your employer must be approved to train Apprentices and must register you as an apprentice within 2 weeks of recruitment.

Entry Requirements

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.

The minimum educational requirements are:

  1. Grade D in five subjects in the Department of Education & Skills Junior Certificate Examination or an approved equivalent.

Or

The successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course

Or

Three years’ work experience gained over sixteen years of age in a relevant designated industrial activity as SOLAS shall deem acceptable.

 

  1. You must obtain employment as an apprentice in your chosen occupation. Your employer must be approved to train apprentices and must register you as an apprentice within 2 weeks of recruitment.

In certain crafts, apprenticeship applicants are required to pass a colour vision test approved by SOLAS.

SOLAS has statutory responsibility under the Industrial Training Act 1967 for the Administration and Management of the Apprenticeship Programme.

Apprenticeship is a standard based Education and Training Programme.  During your apprenticeship you will be required to follow a specific course of Training and undergo a series of Assessments to confirm that you have reached the required Industry Standard.

 

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