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 David Fleming from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

David Fleming

Sub Lieutenant - Navy

Defence Forces

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Learn about the Naval Service – look at the website, visit a ship alongside a port when they are open to the public, talk to any friends/family in the Naval Service, ring the Recruiting Office.
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Entry Requirements

AGE

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Grade D in five Junior Certificate exams, or an approved equivalent.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

NoteExperience 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.

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.