Tipperary ETB has a number of Training Services operating from their new Further Education and Training Centre located at Archerstown Business Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. There is in the region of 30 staff based in the Archerstown Centre. In addition to training apprentices on site in the facilities in Thurles, the staff have a remit that covers training across Tipperary.
The staff work with all employers across Tipperary who employ apprentices. They recruit and place the unemployed in training programmes to upskill and progress to further education. They operate evening training programmes for those in employment who wish to upskill. Staff also ensure that courses meet the correct quality assurance standards and make payments to trainees attending training programmes. In addition the staff also support training across the county in several areas as outlined below.
Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland. The main craft trades have been designated by SOLAS and come within the scope of the Statutory Apprenticeship system. Tipperary Education and Training Board supports Employers and Apprentices throughout a four-year training period. Apprentices receive training both on the job and in Training Centres and Institutes of Technology. Apprenticeships are supported in Tipperary by over 200 employers assisting apprentices in the traditional trades of electrician, motor mechanic, plumbing, and carpentry, for example.
For the first time in Tipperary a facility to train Apprentices from all over Ireland has been established at Archerstown Business Park, Thurles. Phase 2 Training is provided for Apprentices in the following trades; electrical, electronic security systems and construction plant fitting. Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland. The main craft trades have been designated by SOLAS and come within the scope of the Statutory Apprenticeship system. Tipperary Education and Training Board supports Employers and Apprentices throughout a four-year training period. Apprentices receive training both on the job and in Training Centres and Institutes of Technology.
Link to Application
Please click here to access the apprenticeship application which has been developed by Mid West Regional Skills, which Tipperary ETB assisted with. The objective of this app is to link students (potential apprentices) with participating employers in the mid west region.
Evening Training & Contracted Training (Specific Skills Training/ Traineeships)
“Contracted Training” is co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
These are courses designed to provide learners with a range of employability related skills and formal Vocational qualifications to facilitate those entering the labour market for the first time and persons wishing to up-date or acquire new skills.
Contracted Training relates to courses delivered by contracted trainers who have been awarded a tender to deliver in various locations in the county.
At the moment, there are courses taking place or planned for Clonmel, Nenagh, Carrick-on-Suir, Cahir, Thurles, Roscrea, Templemore and Tipperary Town. These courses are in the following skills: Certified Accountancy Pathway, Delivery Driver, HGV Rigid, HGV Artic, Logistics and Distribution, Forklift Operator, Retail Sales, Warehouse Operative, Bus-driving, Mini-bus driving, Cleanroom and Packaging Operations, Construction Ground Work Skills, Technical Employability Skills, Medical Administration, Hospitality Operations and Tourism.
Specific Skills Training
“Specific Skills Training” is co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
Full Time Day courses designed to provide learners with a range of employability related skills and formal vocational qualifications to facilitate those entering the labour market for the first time and person wishing to update or acquire new skills and progress to access market-led specific skills courses. Courses lead to QQI Awards at levels 4, 5 and 6 and/or to industry recognised accreditation. The duration of training can vary. Short modular courses are typically 6 weeks and longer courses can be up to 40 weeks duration. The majority of day courses are delivered on a full-time basis throughout the year in outreach locations. Courses are supplemented by contracted providers allowing Tipperary ETB the flexibility to meet changing industry demands.
“Traineeship Training” is co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
Traineeships are occupational specific and industry endorsed training programmes leading to QQI Major Awards mostly at Levels 5 and 6 and/or industry recognised certification providing access to specific occupations in designated sectors. These programmes are targeted at occupations which are not designated as apprenticeships but entail significant skill requirements which are best acquired through a combination of alternating periods of on and off-the-job training. Traineeships are aimed at new labour market entrants and unemployed persons. A key characteristic of the Traineeship Programme is the role employers play in the training process. Aptitude tests and interviews are used in certain cases to select participants.
- They respond to an identified industry skills need
- Lead to an award at NFQ Levels 4-6, or equivalent
- Are between 6-20 months in duration
- Have at least 30% of learning on-the-job
- Combine transversal and technical skills development
- Are designed for flexible delivery – online, face to face, blended learning
- Provide open access to prospective trainees, unemployed people may be eligible for income support
Accredited Evening Training courses are offered throughout the county. Evening training courses are part time, one or two evenings per week for up to 15 weeks and can provide learners or employees with an opportunity to supplement existing learning or to up-skill.
Community Training Centres
“CTCs” are co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
Community Training Centres are an independent community based organisation, catering for the training and employment needs of early school leavers, primarily aged between 16 and 21. Examples of programmes offered include employability skills, personal and social employment skills and science skills. Courses are generally one year in duration, are full-time and lead to major QQI Awards at levels 3 and 4. There are three CTCs now funded by Tipperary ETB and they are located in Clonmel, Thurles and Nenagh.
Local Training Initiatives
The Local Training Initiatives are project-based training and work experience programme carried out in the local community and run by local community groups throughout Tipperary. It is designed for people who are unemployed, and who are experiencing difficulty in gaining entry to the labour market. Local Training Initiatives support many organisations. Courses are QQI accredited, full-time and delivered all year round. Local Training Initiatives are 30 week courses in with a specific focus delivered in the following locations:
|COSDA – Landscaping and General Studies Level 5||Carrick on Suir|
|Knockanrawley Resource Centre – Pathways to Employment Level 4||Tipperary|
|Spafield Family Resource Centre – Pathways to Employment Level 4||Cashel|
|Tipperary Association for Special Needs – Early Childhood Care & Education Level 5||Cashel|
|Waterford and South Tipperary Youth Services – Making Connections South Tipperary Level 3||Clonmel|
|Cahir Development Association – Pathways to Employment Level 4||Cahir|
|Littleton – Sports and Recreation Level 4||Littleton|
Specialist Training Providers
STP programmes in Tipperary are delivered to people with disabilities who may require more intensive support. The features of this specialist vocational training include: longer duration; adapted equipment; transport arrangements; enhanced programme content. Examples include ICT and vocational multi-skills. Our courses are delivered all year round and lead to QQI accreditation.. There are two specialist Training Providers in Clonmel: National Learning Network and Cluain Training.
Contact Training Services
|Matthew Ryan||Training Services Manager||052-6134337|
|Patrick O’Sullivan||Training Services Assistant Manager||052-6191421|
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