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We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:
The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.
One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.
An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.
It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.
Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.
Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.
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The IFS Associate Professional apprenticeship is two-years in duration. Entrants get a two-year fixed term contract in an IFS organisation in a relevant role.Apprentices spend 60% of their time working in the organisation and the remainder gaining specific IFS qualifications.
Apprentices graduate with a Higher Certificate in International Financial Services at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
The IFS Generalist apprenticeship is open to school leavers and further education students. A positive service disposition is required for this role.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The IFS Associate Professional or Generalist apprenticeship is the entry level role. It is for school-leavers, those returning to work mid-career and want to change direction. You will study for a Higher Certificate in Business with a salary of €21K and get a two year fixed term contract in an IFS organisation in a relevant role.
The IFS Associate Professional apprenticeship is open to school leavers who have attained their Leaving Certificate results / VEC or PLC students (entry level role).
Minimum Academic Requirements
How to apply1. Complete the required application form and attach your CV by the closing date
Closing date for the latest round of applications for the IFS Apprenticeships is Sunday 2nd July 2017. Click here.
What will an IFS Apprenticeship give you?
- A two year fixed term contract in an International Financial Services Organisation
- A paid apprenticeship while you work and study
- A recognised qualification in the National College of Ireland's state of the art campus in the IFSC
Typical job roles will include: