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The RSTC Traineeship is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020


What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is an exciting and proven way for employers to develop talent for their company and industry. Apprenticeships are designed by industry-led groups, supporting growth and competitiveness.

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.

Please click here to watch our video on Apprenticeships.  

Following on from the launch of the 2021 Generation Apprenticeship competition for second level schools by Simon Harris TD, click here to view acceptance videos from finalists. For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/apprenticeshipireland

What Apprenticeships are taught at RSTC?

We provide the following:

Carpentry & Joinery - click here for more info

Electrical - click here for more info

Metal Fabrication - click here for more info

Motor Mechanics - click here for more info

Pipefitting - click here for more info

Plumbing - click here for more info

Toolmaking - click here for more info

Wood Manufacturing & Finishing - click here for more info




How do I become an Apprentice?

To become an apprentice you must first gain employment in your chosen trade by a SOLAS approved employer.

To be accepted, you must be of 16 years of age or above. You must have a minimum qualification of grade D in any 5 subjects at Junior Certificate level or equivalent. Higher educational qualifications and other criteria may be required by some Employers.



What can I do if I don't meet the above 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)orYou 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).


Key Points on Apprenticeships:

  • Apprentices work and train at the same time while earning a wage/allowance. For more information on rates of pay click here.
  • An apprenticeship usually 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.
  • You are assessed on a structured on going basis throughout your apprenticeship.
  • While training in Phases 4 & 6 in Institutes of Technology, examination fees are required by you. Fees are also required if sitting repeat exams.
  • No fees are payable while attending Phase 2 training in any of the ETB Training Centres.


Websites Advertising Apprenticeship Vacancies:


www.apprentices.ie (for construction trades)




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