An engineering apprenticeship is an exciting opportunity for those who have an interest in engineering as a career. An engineering apprenticeship can also be a proven way for employers to develop talent for their company, as well as opening up new and rewarding careers, with learning grounded in the practical experience of undertaking a real job.
The apprenticeship system in Ireland was restructured over the last 10 years and reforms have taken place. The new generation of apprenticeship is a third-level degree programme where the learner is primarily based in the workplace. Academic learning takes place for the full duration of the apprenticeship, i.e. blocks of learning on campus at an education provider, combined with academic modules delivered, while the learner is gaining hands-on training in a relevant setting. Apprenticeships are also paid employment allowing the apprentice to ‘earn and learn’.
Engineers Ireland has supported the development of these consortia-led type of apprenticeships i.e. (employers, employee representatives and education and training providers) who are coming together and broadening apprenticeships in Ireland beyond crafts/trades and overcoming skills shortages in key sectors. Below is a grid outlining current engineering apprenticeships that are available. Others we are pleased to say, are under development and we will add these to our webpage here as soon as they become live.
For more information on apprenticeships in Ireland, please refer to www.apprenticeship.ie