Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education or training centre.
Apprenticeship is an exciting and proven way for employers to develop talent for their company and industry. They are designed by industry-led groups, supporting growth and competitiveness.
Apprentices earn while they learn and build valuable work-ready skills in a chosen occupation. Apprenticeships open up exciting and rewarding careers, with learning grounded in the practical experience of undertaking a real job.
Apprenticeship has long been an accelerator for individual and corporate development in Ireland, helping more people discover and develop their talents through training is at the heart of the national apprenticeship system.
Finnian Ward, Motor Mechanic Apprentice with Cormack Ward Car Sales states “I chose an apprenticeship as I could see it was the practical subjects I had a flare for at school. Although I achieved enough points to go down the CAO route, because I had a great interest in cars, a motor mechanics apprenticeship seemed the best option for me. I did check the CAO for options through the third level route but nothing was available with as much to offer someone looking to work in the motor trade. I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship so far. It’s great being able to study your trade in which your job is guaranteed while also getting a salary in comparison to the ever-distant end to college and the uncertainty of a job when you graduate. A person with an apprenticeship always has the ability to get a job in a country of their choice as they are recognised worldwide. From going down the apprenticeship route I have found that the third level route is not the only option and, in some cases, not the best option for everyone.”