Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Mark Maguire from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:


Mark Maguire

Apprentice Electrician

Construction Industry Federation

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  Mark	Maguire
The advice I would give is firstly talk to someone you may know that is already in the trade and ask them any questions that you may have or ask them about some of there first hand experiences.

Another good piece of advice would be to go onto YouTube and search some basic electrics, keep in mind that these are the kind of things that you will face when you go to the college phases of your apprenticeship . There are books and e-books that can be purchased to get an understanding.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Out of Pocket Expenses

In circumstances where a person receiving a relevant Social Welfare payment agrees to attend a specified short-term course of education, training or development that is initiated and organised by a Department Facilitator, s/he will be paid "out of pocket expenses".

The "Out of Pocket Expenses" is a payment towards costs i.e. meal and travel that participants may incur as a result of participation on a course of education, training or development.

NOTE: Out of Pocket Expenses are payable only to JA/JB recipients who agree to attend specified short-term courses of education, training and development that are initiated and organised by a Facilitator. The course of education, training or development must be initiated and organised by a Facilitator through locally based service providers i.e. Vocational Education Committees, SOLAS, HSE, Aontas, NALA etc. and should be up to 18 weeks (this can be extended to 26 weeks with approval).

JA/JB recipients who secure a place on an approved course of education, training or development themselves are not eligible for payment of Out of Pocket Expenses.

Rate of Out of Pocket Expenses

Out of Pocket Expenses is paid at a weekly rate of €32.00 (May 2007) for Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit recipients who agree to attend a course of study/training for three days or more per week. This is reduced to a weekly rate of €20.00 for participants who agree to attend a course of study/training for two days or less per week.

This payment is in recognition of the fact that attendance on a specified course may entail expenses for those on a small budget. The payment towards costs i.e. meal and travel that participants may incur as a result of participation on a course of education, training and development.

There is no extra payment or allowance if you are doing a Momentum course. These courses do not attract out-of-pocket expenses.

The provision of out-of-pocket expenses is administrative. This means a decision to refuse you out-of-pocket expenses cannot be appealed to the Social Welfare Appeals Office.

This additional payment is not taken into account as means in the assessment of Jobseeker’s Allowance, but it may affect the amount of Rent Supplement or Mortgage Interest Supplement you are getting.

For further information on Out of Pocket Expenses click here
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