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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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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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