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An Apprenticeship is the recognised means in which you train to become a Craftsperson in Ireland.
Apprentices work and train at the same time while earning a wage/allowance. For more information on rates of pay click here.
You will typically have 4 on-the-job phases (with Employer) and 3 off-the-job phases (with a designated college or Education Training Board)
Generally, an Apprenticeship takes 4 years to complete.
You must obtain employment as an Apprentice in your chosen trade, from either local or regionally-based companies operating in the trade.
Websites advertising Apprenticeship Vacancies: (for construction trades)
SOLAS Website for all apprenticships: 




What do I need to start an Apprenticeship?
To begin a craft apprenticeship, you must be employed in your chosen craft by an approved employer.
For more information on finding an apprenticeship, see Finding an Apprenticeship on the SOLAS website.
To be accepted, you must be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of grade D in any 5 subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent.
Higher educational qualifications may be required by some Employers.
What can I do if I don't meet the requirements?
If you don't have the required grades, you can still be registered by an Employer as a craft apprentice if:
You satisfactorily complete an approved pre-apprentice course. (For more information on these courses, contact your local ETB training centre)
You have 3 years' work experience in a relevant, designated industrial activity recognised by SOLAS. You must have gained that experience over 16 years of age.
For some craft apprentice courses, you have to pass the Ishihara Colour Vision Test (24 Plate Edition).


You will be paid an Apprentice Rate. The rates paid may vary depending on the trade in which you are employed.
You should seek details of rates of pay from your prospective employer.
A special bursary is paid to employers who recruit and register women in designated apprenticeships. This is to encourage more women to apply.
You are not entitled to take holidays during your off-the-job training phases.
During off-the-job phases, all qualifying Apprentices are paid an Apprentice Training Allowance by SOLAS/ETB.
Where appropriate, a contribution towards travel or accommodation costs are also paid while in training.



You are assessed on a structured ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship.                                                                      
Off-the-job assessments:
Course Work
Practical Assessments
Theoretical Assessments
On-the-job assessments:
Pre-specified standards set by your Employer



Examination Fees
An examination fee is required by you to the Institutes of Technology while attending the Phase 4 and Phase 6 off-the-job training.
Fee are also required when sitting repeat exams.
No fees are payable while attending the Phase 2 off-the-job training in any of the ETB Training Centres.





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