The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.
- Grade D in five Junior Certificate exams, or an approved equivalent.
- If you don’t meet the minimum Junior Cert requirements, you may still be able to register as an apprentice if you successfully complete an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course.
- You can also be eligible if you are over 16 years-old and have three years of relevant work experience, as deemed acceptable by SOLAS.
It’s worth noting that employers may require additional minimum qualifications to those specified by SOLAS.
Note: Experience has shown that higher grades of entry than those suggested by SOLAS are preferred for certain apprenticeships, due to the technical nature of the particular trade.
Employers typically seek applicants who have completed Leaving Cert, including Maths (with at least a grade C3 in Ordinary Level Maths) and preferably Physics.
SafePass and/or Manual Handling Certification are also valued by employers in certain sectors.
- Your employer must be approved to train apprentices.
- Your employer must register you as an apprentice within 2 weeks of recruitment.
Always check the SOLAS page on eligibility and assessment for any changes to entry requirements.