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We asked Kieran Magee from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:


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Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work.  They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.

Education is very important.  It may only seem like a silly piece of paper but it's that Cert, Diploma or Degree that gets you that job and not the man/woman beside you.

The one thing that is vital in not alone this job, but any job, and alot of people don't seem to have it, is common sense. It's something so simple but really important. if you have no cop-on then nobody wants to know you.

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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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100 Jobs with Nissan Generation Next Apprenticeship Academy

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100 Jobs with Nissan Generation Next Apprenticeship Academy

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 

100 Jobs with Nissan Generation Next Apprenticeship Academy

Nissan Ireland has a nationwide apprenticeship scheme with registration NOW open. 

According to the car manufacturer, the scheme will create 100 new jobs over the next four years and will be open to anyone over the age of sixteen who is looking for a career in the motor industry.

The apprenticeship scheme will give potential candidates an insight into some of the most innovative technologies which are now in use in the motoring industry.

Applicants who attain a place on the scheme will be enrolled in the 7 Phase SOLAS Motor Apprenticeship programme, they will attend 3 off-site training phases and will attain work placement in a Nissan Network Dealer. Throughout their apprenticeship they will also be supported by the Nissan Ireland Training Academy – who will be there to ensure that applicants reach the highest standards.

“We are introducing this scheme to tackle the identified short to medium term, skilled labour shortage in our industry,” said James McCarthy, Chief Executive of Nissan Ireland. “With the increase of car buyers choosing new cars for their value, economy, safety and environmental merits, the days of the gifted amateur are over; we need to future-proof Nissan Ireland’s technical staff to have technicians as highly trained as our cars technology demands. Over the next four years, we see opportunities for up to 100 full time jobs for trained technicians”

On completion of their apprenticeship, the top scorers will have a chance at scholarships in DIT’s Automotive degree courses while in full-time employment and “advancement into the Nissan Generation Next academy, where they will receive Nissan Master Technician training (including entry into NISTEC Nissan’s world-wide skills competition)”. This opportunity will be massive for potential apprentices.

Training and Technical Manager for Nissan Ireland, Ken Ward, himself began as an apprentice and has risen through the ranks of Nissan in Ireland. “My experience in the motor industry has given me a clear understanding that the future of the industry is reliant on educated capable technicians,” he explains, “Technicians infused with the ability to both understand and master existing and future technology associated with an innovative brand like Nissan and the automotive industry in general.”

Ken Ward and Michael O’ Connor will be managing this project. Michael O’ Connor, Technical Trainer and Technical Support at Nissan Ireland, said, “Apprenticeships in our industry play a vital role in providing the master craftspeople and industry leaders of the future. At Nissan Ireland, we fully realise this and we feel strongly that it is time that we redefine the role of Apprentices in industry and provide parity of esteem of the apprenticeship model to traditional career path routes."

If you are interested in applying for the Nissan Generation Next Apprenticeship Academy scheme, contact Nissan Ireland at

Closing Date for Applications is Monday 9th March 2015

Source: Nissan Ireland 

The CareersPortal Team