Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland.
The existing Craft Apprenticeships have been designated by SOLAS and come within the scope of the Statutory Apprenticeship system, which is organised in Ireland by SOLAS in co-operation with the Department of Education and Skills, employers and unions.
Details of the 27 Traditional Craft Apprenticeships, including entry requirements, training structure, pay & fees, and a range of related videos are available through the menu items on this page.
In July 2015, Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD announced the addition of 25 Proposed Apprenticeships to the apprenticeship scheme in Ireland in the areas of: Software Development, Medical Devices, Financial Services, Accountancy, Logistics and Hospitality.
A further 30 apprenticeship options are also currently under consideration from a total of 86 possible schemes identified by the Apprenticeship Council, following the evaluation process. Details of these will also be included when they are formally announced.
Radio Interview - New opportunities for apprenticeship
Listen to RTE radio interview [7/4/16] with Ross Nicholson, Motor Mechanic; Jessica Tallon, Wood Manufacturing Apprentice; Colm Rafferty, Trainee Toolmaker with the Air Corp and Paul O'Toole, Chief Executive SOLAS HERE