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 Karl Curran from Insurance to give some advice for people considering this job:


Karl Curran

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  Karl Curran
I would highly recommend this job but I’d say to start taking insurance exams as soon as possible and get them done while you’re young.

I’d also recommend talking to as many people in the industry to see what area of insurance you want to go into i.e. Insurer, Broker, Loss Adjuster etc. – they’re very different!

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Instrumentation Craftsperson
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Instrumentation Craftsperson

The work of an Instrumentation craftsperson involves the maintenance and repair of all instruments used in the measurement and control of process variables (e.g. in the chemical industry to measure and control the temperature, pressure and flow, as appropriate, in various points of the process).

The instrumentation craftsperson carries out installation, maintenance and calibration of measuring instruments, sensors, transmitting and controlling devices and systems associated with the measurement, control and protection of physical quantities found in these industries.

The measurement and control of these quantities enables products to be produced to specifi cation, taking account of the safety of personnel, plant and equipment and the protection of the environment. Instrumentation craftspersons are employed in the installation and maintenance of measurement and control equipment in pharmaceutical, food and other industries.

Note: Experience has shown that higher grades of entry than those suggested by SOLAS are preferred for the Electrical Apprenticeship, due to the technical nature of the Electrical trade.

Employers typically seek applicants who have completed Leaving Cert including Maths (with at least a grade O5 (grade C3 pre-2017) in Ordinary Level Maths) and preferably Physics.

Training header image

Phase 1: With Employer

  • Induction Training
  • Introduction to Health & Safety
  • Introduction to Tools & Equipment
  • Introduction to Basic Skills 
Phase 2: Delivered in Training Centre (24 weeks) 
Course Content:
  • Induction
  • Basic Engineering
  • Electrical 1
  • Electronics 1
  • Measurements - Pressure
  • Measurements - Flow
  • Measurements - Level
  • Measurements - Temperature
  • Final Control Elements
  • Automatic Control
  • Related Theory 
Phase 3: With Employer 

Work Based Training and Assessments 

Phase 4: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks) 
Course Content:
  • Electrical
  • Electronics 2
  • Measurements
  • Final Control Elements
  • Automatic Control
  • Related Theory 
Phase 5: With Employer 

Work Based Training and Assessments 

Phase 6: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks)

Course Content: 
  • Digital Electronics
  • Measurements
  • Control Systems
  • Related Theory 
Phase 7: With Employer 

Work Based Training and Assessments 

The overall duration of this apprenticeship is a minimum of 4 years provided all phases are successfully completed. 

On successful completion of the programme the learner is awarded a Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Instrumentation.

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As an Instrumentation craftsperson you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands.

An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail and an eye for the aesthetic.

The Instrumentation craftsperson must have the ability to:

  • Plan and organise
  • Communicate effectively
  • Solve problems
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations
  • Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness
Note: A person wishing to become an apprentice Instrumentation Craftsperson must pass a colour–vision test approved by SOLAS.

Work Activities header image

  • Learning and developing new practical craft-related skills, knowledge and competence
  • Working with and learning from experienced craftspersons
  • Working with electricity and electronics
  • Comply with Health and Safety requirements
  • Using mathematics to solve technical or scientific problems
  • Being responsible for controlling or adjusting equipment
  • Working on machines/processes
  • Understanding technical drawings and diagrams
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Being accurate with numbers in counting, measuring and arithmetic
  • Keeping accurate records of all calibrations or reports
  • Being well organised and careful with practical tasks
  • Taking responsibility for their own learning, including the allocation of study time
  • Being physically active
  • Working with a variety of specialised hand tools, power tools and equipment
  • Passing all your phase exams (theory, practicals skills demonstration)
  • Earning as you learn

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Funding Arrangements

All apprentices are paid a Training Allowance while attending off-the-job training in training centres or college, and an Apprentice Rate of pay during the on-the-job phases of their apprenticeship.

Details of the Training Allowances payable are available here.

What apprentice rate wages are paid?

Apprentice rates are paid for the on-the-job phases of apprenticeships. The actual rates paid may vary depending on the occupation and employer. Generally, the rates will increase in a number of steps during the apprenticeship. For example:


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Note: You should always seek details of specific rates of pay for apprentices from prospective employers.

Apprentice Student Contribution

The Annual Student Contribution is levied on students attending Higher Education Institutions including Institutes of Technology. As part of the changes included in Budget 2014, apprentices now pay the same contribution as full time students, but their contribution is based on the time they spend in the Institute or College.

The Student Contribution is payable to the IoT /College on the date of registration for the training phase. You should consult the relevant IoT/College for details of payment options.

Note: Apprentices are required to pay an examination fee to the IoT or College for repeat exams. 

Female Apprentices' bursary for employers

To promote the entry of women into the designated apprenticeships, a bursary is available to employers to encourage an increased level of recruitment of female apprentices.

For more information Click here or contact your local ETB Training Centre.

Entry Requirements header image

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age. 
The minimum educational requirements are: 
1. Grade D in five subjects in the Department of Education & Skills Junior Certificate Examination or an approved equivalent,
2. The successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course 
3. Three years’ work experience gained over sixteen years of age in a relevant designated industrial activity as SOLAS shall deem acceptable 

Note: These are the current approved minimum educational requirements for apprenticeship programmes, however, previous experience of the following subjects would be an advantage but not essential:

  • Technical Drawing/Graphics
  • Physics
  • Technology
  • Mathematics
Note: Experience has shown that higher grades of entry than those suggested by SOLAS are preferred for the Electrical Apprenticeship, due to the technical nature of the Electrical trade.

Employers typically seek applicants who have completed Leaving Cert including Maths (with at least a grade O5 (grade C3 pre-2017) in Ordinary Level Maths) and preferably Physics.

Getting an Apprenticeship header image

You must obtain employment as an apprentice in your chosen occupation.

  • The employer must be approved to train apprentices.
  • The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.
Note: Instrumentation Apprenticeship applicants are required to pass a colour vision test approved by SOLAS.

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Career Opportunities header image

On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, apprentices are qualified to work within the recognised trade or profession. 

Where apprentices and craftspersons have the necessary ability, initiative and basic qualifications, opportunities are available for advancement. These include advanced technology courses and management courses which are available in Institutes of Technology, Schools of Management and Professional Institutes.

This apprenticeship is an obvious progression route to the electrical or electronic engineering Level 8 Degree path.

Many craftspersons use their apprenticeship qualification as a platform to launch careers such as engineers, managers, owners of businesses, teachers and instructors amongst others.

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Instrument Craftsperson

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