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 Kerrie Horan from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Kerrie Horan

Engineer - Process

Intel

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  Kerrie Horan

A day for a Process Engineer at Intel can range from spending all day in what we call our 'bunny suits' or space suits as most people would recognise them as or a day of juggling meetings with working on long term projects that have a quality improvement for your product or have a cost saving for the factory. The key thing is to be adaptable, be organised and be able to communicate your plans clearly and concisely. You will be your own boss in many instances as an engineer and it is up to you to get the job done and do it well, while at the same time meeting goals and challenges that are set for the factory.

The great thing about a process engineer at Intel is that much or your work can be done remotely, which means you don't have to sit at your desk all day allowing you to get in to the machines and get stuck in. One should also be aware that you will be continuously learning in this sort of environment. Because our technology is so up to date we are always making changes to make this possible. Our products will range from mobile phone chips to top of the range computer chips so we need to be able to make changes to meet the demands of what the market is looking for.

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New/Proposed apprenticeships

In July 2015, 25 additional apprenticeships were approved, towards expanding the apprenticeship scheme offering in Ireland. These new apprenticeships span the areas of: Software Development, Medical Devices, Insurance, Financial Services, Accountancy, Logistics and Hospitality.

Current situation [updated 29 November 2016]

Two of the new apprenticeships have to date been approved, launched and opened for recruitment, bringing to 29 the total number of approved apprenticeship options now available in Ireland. Both are degree-level professional apprenticeships:

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The remaining 23 options are currently being developed and are awaiting formal sign-off and approval.

A further 30 apprenticeship options are also under consideration from a total of 86 possible schemes identified by the Apprenticeship Council, following the evaluation process. Details of these will be included here when they are formally announced.

Radio Interview - New opportunities for apprenticeship 

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