Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland.
The 27 Traditional Craft Apprenticeships have been designated by SOLAS and fall within the remit 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 including entry requirements, training structure, where to find apprenticeship vacancies and a range of related videos, are available through the menu structure on this page.
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:
Details of all 25 new apprenticeship areas are available through the menus on this page - See New/Proposed Apprenticeships.
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
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