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 Naoise Pye from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:


Naoise Pye

Social Care Worker

St. Michael's House

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  Naoise Pye
You need to be interested in people, and want to help them. Interests in Creative Arts can help as well as having a degree in Social Studies and having plenty of work experience.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Introducing Apprenticeships

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.

Details of the 25 New Apprenticeship areas are now available through the menu on this page - See New/Proposed Apprenticeships.

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 

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Round Two CAO offers 2016 issued today
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