An Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education or training centre. It is a dual system, which is a blended combination of on-the-job employer-based training and off-the-job training based in recognised ETB Training Centres and Institutes of Technology. An Apprenticeship leads to a qualification nationally and internationally recognised on the National Framework of Qualifications from Level 5 – Level 10.
Tipperary Education and Training Board is one of 16 ETB’s that support employers and apprentices throughout the apprenticeship training. As of 2020, there are over 50 apprenticeship options being supported by over 300 employers across the Tipperary region. Many of these employers assist apprentices in the traditional sectors such as Electrical, Engineering, Motor and Construction. There are also many employers engaged in the 2016+ apprenticeship sectors including Finance, Hospitality, ICT, Biopharma and Logistics.
In 2017, Tipperary ETB established a Training Centre located in Archerstown Business Park, Thurles. This Training Centre is designed to train apprentices from all over Ireland on their Phase 2 “off-the-job” training phase. Currently, training is provided for apprentices in the following trades: Electrical, Electronic Security Systems and Construction Plant Fitting with additional training for the Plumbing trade being introduced in 2020.
Educational and age criteria vary depending on the apprenticeship. Check www.apprenticeship.ie for entry requirements and a full list of apprenticeships.
Employers wishing to recruit apprentices may advertise their vacancies on Jobs Ireland and also on www.apprenticeshipjobs.ie. However, before registering an apprentice, employers must contact the Apprenticeship Team to ensure that they are approved to recruit apprentices.
In order to gain employment as an apprentice, you must make contact and enquire about vacancies directly with employers in your chosen trade or occupation. Contact can be made directly over the phone, through email and connecting with companies over social media. Also visit the official SOLAS apprenticeship vacancy page: www.apprenticeshipjobs.ie
Should you be successful in gaining employment, it is then the responsibility of your employer to contact their local ETB in order to register you officially as an apprentice. Please note: The duration of your apprenticeship begins when you become officially registered with your local ETB.
Should you wish to receive further information regarding Apprenticeships, please do not hesitate to contact the Tipperary ETB Apprenticeship Team on 0526191431 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org