Apprenticeships in Ireland

Apprenticeships in Ireland:

Qualifying as a Craft Person


  • Apprenticeships are the recognised way people are trained to become crafts people.
  • Main craft trades have been designed by SOLAS (formally FÁS)
  • An apprenticeship provides “on-the-job” training with an employer
  • An apprenticeship is broken up into “on-the-job” training with an employer and “off-the-job” training in an education centre
  • It generally lasts 4 years, with 3 different periods spent in off-the-job training
  • The first off-the-job training takes place in an Education and Training Board (ETB) and the other two will take place in an Institute of Technology
  • Apprentices are assessed by:
    • On the job competence training
    • Off the job modular assessment and examinations
    • If successful, the apprentice will be awarded with an Advanced Certificate – Craft (Level 6 – recognised internationally as the qualification for a crafts person)
  • To complete an apprenticeship:
    • You must be 16 years or older and have achieved minimum Grade D in 5 subjects at Junior Certificate Level
    • If you don’t have the Junior Cert completed, you can complete an approved preparatory training followed by an assessment interview
    • Over 18 years of age & have 3 years of relevant work experience & you will be asked to do an assessment interview
    • Find an employer who is willing to register you with SOLAS for an apprenticeship



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