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.

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Sketch, sketch, sketch, and when you have finished sketching, sketch some more...and see the world, walk if you have the time.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Finding Apprenticeship Vacancies

To secure an apprenticeship, the first step is to identify an employer in the specific trade that you are interested in, who employs Apprentices. Once you have done this, make your application highlighting why you are suitable for the position.

Employers must be approved by SOLAS (formerly FÁS), the new Authority in Ireland in order to take on apprentices. 

Below are some resources to help you with finding current apprenticeship vacancies.

The following Jobsites have live Apprenticeship Vacancies:

Interested in a construction apprenticeship?

Register your interest in construction apprenticeships by creating an account on and uploading a short personal profile via this link.

Click on the links below to explore Employers/Organisations who take on and train Apprentices.

Note: Where no current apprenticeship vacancies are listed, you can explore the organisation's website information or contact the company directly for details of when their next recruitment opportunity will be open.

Aircraft Mechanic
  • Aer Lingus - (Aircraft Engineering & Maintenance) offer apprenticeships for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers - click here
  • Aer Arann - Aircraft Mechanic Apprenticship - click here
  • The Irish Army - recruits apprentices and cadets  click here
  • Dublin Aerospace - recruits aircraft technicians - click here
  • Cityjet  - recruits apprentice Aircraft Engineers - Click here
  • Lufthansa Technik Shannon - Aircraft Maintenance Technician Programme - click here
  • Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland - click here
Carpentry / Joinery
Construction Plant Fitter
  • ESB Ireland- electrical apprentices recruited annually in approximately February. Opportunities for people to train as network technicians or electricians and fitters click here. Last recruitment drive for ESB Apprentice Electricians and HGV Mechanics 2016 is now closed more
  • ETCI - Electro-Technical Council of Ireland - click here
  • Jones Engineering Group - electrical apprentices - click here

Video: ESB Apprenticeship recruitment

Electrical Instrumentation
  • Jones Engineering Group - electrical instrumentation - click here


  • Mercury Engineering - apprentice electricians and plumbers -  click here
  • AOL Engineering Ltd. - Fitter/Turner - click here
  • NMCI - National Maritime College of Ireland Tech Trainee / Apprenticeships - click here
  • Jones Engineering Group - click here
  • GSKinternational pharmaceutical and health care company with four locations in Ireland is seeking applications from school-leavers and graduates who are interested in apprenticeships in engineering in Cork, Dungarvan and Sligo. GSK is also recruiting apprentices in business and supply chain management for Dungarvan. Apprenticeships will begin in September. Application details here.


  • Farm Apprenticeship - see Teagasc


  • Irish Master Farriers Association - click here


  • AOL Engineering Ltd. - Fitter/Turner - click here

Heavy Vehicle Mechanic

  • Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann - generally seek the following apprentices each year: Electricians, Fitter/Turner, Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, Vehicle Body Repairer
  • ESB - HGV mechanic apprentices recruited every 2-years - approximately February.
  • Volvo Trucks Great Britain & Ireland - click here

Hotel & Catering

  • Travelodge Management Apprenticeship Programme -click here


  • Racing - You can train to become a jockey at RACE in Co. Kildare - click here
  • Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association - click here

Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting

Motor Mechanic

Plumbing / Pipe Fitting 

Steel Fabrication & Welding

  • EIR (formerly Eircom) - Apprenticeship Progamme click here for full details

Video: eir Apprenticeship Programme 2016 (Latest campaign closed for applications 11th April 2016)

Vehicle Body Repairer
  • SIMI - The Society of the Irish Motor Industry - Motor Industry Apprentices - click here
  • Horology - Diploma course for anyone who wants to become a watch and clock technician. The Irish/Swiss Institute of Horology, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 Tel: 01 - 8213352
  • Delphi Adventure Centre (Apprentice Instructors) click here

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