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.
Apprenticeship has long been an accelerator for individual and corporate development in Ireland.
Generation Apprenticeship is a major expansion project to more than double the number of learners of all ages and backgrounds taking the apprenticeship route. See Action Plan 2016-2020. This promises to be a huge source of inspiration in opening apprenticeship into a full range of twenty-first century industries and skill sets.
Helping more people discover and develop their talents through training is at the heart of the national apprenticeship system.
Apprenticeships in Ireland are:
- Industry-led by consortia of industry and education partners
- Lead to an award at Levels 5 to 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
- Between 2-4 years in duration
- Minimum 50% on-the-job learning
- Flexible delivery – online, blended, off-the-job learning in increments/blocks
- Apprentices are employed under a formal contract of apprenticeship
- The employer pays the apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship*
See www.apprenticeship.ie for more information on the different types of apprenticeships available in Ireland and the growing number proposed.
Check out www.apprentices.ie to search for an apprenticeship