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We asked Oisin McGrath from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:
If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!
Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!
If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.
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Some of these occupations may require a Leaving Certificate or similar.
Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
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These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter clerks, construction laborers, and waiters or waitresses.
Loads and unloads cargo from ships and controls and guides passengers and their vehicles as they pass through the port.
Stevedores load and unload cargo from ships. They control and guide passengers and their vehicles as they pass through the port.
In marine work they deal with everything at the port. A stevedore uses forklift trucks and cranes. On roll-on/roll-off ferries, operatives drive the vehicles that carry trailers on and off the ships.
On container ships, dockside cranes or the ship's own lifting gear is used to load and unload containers.
Operatives also use lorries and other vehicles to transport cargo from the quayside to outdoor storage areas.
Port operatives normally work a 40-hour week, in eight-hour shift patterns. Work is outdoors, in all weathers, but you may spend some time inside in the ship's hold or in cargo storage, which may be hot and cramped.
The work can be strenuous with plenty of lifting and bending. You may have to work at heights. Some cargoes can be dusty, dirty or oily, or produce unpleasant smells or fumes.
As a Port Operative you will need:
There are no formal entry requirements, but applicants will need to pass a medical examination.
The minimum age for entry is usually 21.
Although any driving involved will not be on public roads, most employers will require applicants to possess a driving licence in order to demonstrate good levels of driving skill. Experience of driving cranes, forklift trucks or lorries is often an advantage.
Some engineering skills could be useful for carrying out basic maintenance work around the docks.
Ref. Irish Maritime Development Office
Last Updated: April, 2015
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|Address:||80 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2|
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