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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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HGV Driver
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HGV Driver

This new apprenticeship programme has reached development stage as of May 2017.

Proposer /Provider: Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA)

This is a 3-year Level 5 Apprenticeship for the Road Transport Industry

This apprenticeship programme is not yet fully approved. Additional information is constantly being added here, as it becomes available. Outline information correct - May 2017.

HGV Drivers transport raw materials and finished goods over land, typically to and from manufacturing plants or retail and distribution centres.

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A fully licensed HGV driver is able to:

  • Couple and uncouple an articulated or draw-bar vehicle,
  • Prepare the vehicle for driving
  • Protect the vehicle and the load.
  • The HGV driver drives the articulated or draw-bar or rigid vehicle in a safe and fuel efficient manner, ensures the vehicle is loaded, secured and unloaded correctly. 
The HGV Driver
  • Transports goods using multiple transport modes; monitors vehicle movements, supervises the receipt, storage and dispatch of goods;
  • Applies technology to logistical operations,
  • Minimises the environmental impact of logistics operations
  • Is aware of and adheres to the various health and safety requirements associated with the HGV industry.
  • Navigates routes and calculates cargo loads and dimensions
  • Demonstrates best practice around the transportation of various types of goods.
  • Processes all transportation documentation relevant to HGV drivers and understands the various electrical and mechanical operations of the vehicle while also possessing the skills to assess the vehicle for faults and respond appropriately.
  • Is aware of the regulations around the transportation of air freight and hazardous goods.
  • Maintains effective communications and develops productive, professional working relationships with colleagues in logistics operations; ensures compliance with legal, regulatory, ethical and social requirements in logistics operations; contributes to the provision of customer service in logistics operations.
  • The HGV Driver is aware of personal responsibilities within the HGV industry in relation to planning, using initiative, time management, working independently and personal presentation.
Core Skills
  • Achieves full HGV Rigid and Articulated drivers licence (C, CE Class)
  • Adheres to relevant health & safety requirements
  • Demonstrates economical driving and fuel efficiency
  • Operates relevant IT / telematic / tachograph equipment
  • Achieves all modules of the driver’s CPC
  • Describes the electrical and mechanical operations of an HGV vehicle
  • Conducts a logical, structured, mechanical and electrical fault diagnosis and respond appropriately
  • Organises and properly load, secure and unload goods on an HGV
  • Demonstrates geographical awareness and navigation of routes
  • Interprets, completes and maintains all relevant transportation documentation.
Common Skills required:

Discuss legal, regulatory, ethical and social requirements within the road transport operations sector

Describe best practice around the transportation of Agriculture Livestock, Food, Car Transportation, Waste recycling, Forestry, Abnormal load haulage, General haulage

Calculate weights and dimensions of cargo

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  • Communication skill
  • Customer relations
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to work independently
  • Shows initiative
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Planning
  • Time management
  • Good personal presentation on behalf of the employer

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  • Transports hazardous goods under ADR – the European agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road
  • Conducts transport of air freight and its heightened security and legal requirements
  • Completes relevant safety qualifications around the transportation of goods to construction and other sectors
  • Completes Good Distribution Practice training for transportation of pharmaceutical, medical device and allied products
  • Supervises the receipt, storage and dispatch of goods
  • Operates manual, electrical and mechanical goods handling equipment safely

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Being accepted on this proposed Apprenticeship will require a job seeker to first secure an “Apprenticeship Contract” with an approved organisation / employer.

As details of approved organisations become available, they will be included here.

Each approved organisation will determine the particular salary structure for the apprenticeship, which will be communicated at contract negotiation stage with the proposed candidate. 

There will be no difference in rate-of-pay between the time an apprentice spends on-the-job and time in training.

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