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Occupational Apprenticeships

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Occupational Apprenticeships

New-style occupational 'earn-and-learn' apprenticeships have been proposed for introduction from 2016/17 in response to demand for skills in the areas of:

  • Software Development
  • Medical Devices
  • Insurance
  • Financial Services
  • Accountancy
  • Logistics
  • Hospitality

So far, three new occupational apprenticeships have been fully approved, launched and opened for recruitment:

The remaining occupational apprenticeships continue to progress through a detailed development phase and are awaiting validation.

Details of the Proposed Occupational Apprenticeships have been added to the CareersPortal website. Outline information is available through the menu structure on this section - see New/Proposed Types which is being amended on an ongoing basis as updated information becomes available.

See also SOLAS Apprenticeship website here






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Advanced Craft Welder

6 150 <4 Donegal ETB
Baker 6 50 <2 Flour, Confectionary & Bakers Association (FCBA)

Butchery & Fresh Food Retail

6 60 <2 Association of Craft Butchers of Ireland
Craft Welder 5 150 >3 Donegal ETB
Commis Chef (IHF) 6 86 <2 Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) & Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI)
Commis Chef 6 16 <2 IT Tralee
Chef de Partie 7 16 <2 IT Tralee
Sous Chef 8 18 <2 IT Tralee
Executive Chef 9 16 <2 IT Tralee
Field Service Engineer – Electrical Technology 7 16 <2 Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)
IFS Generalist 6 120 <2 Financial Services Ireland
IFS Specialist 7 60 <2 Financial Services Ireland
IFS Advanced Specialist 8 30 <2 Financial Services Ireland
Insurance Practitioner 8 100 <3 Zurich / The Insurance Institute
Accounting Technician Apprenticeship  xx 80 <2 Accounting Technicians Ireland
HGV Driver 5 70 <3 Irish Road Haulage Association
Manufacturing Engineer 7 40 <4 Irish Medical Devices Association
Manufacturing Technician 5&6 64 <3 Irish Medical Devices Association
Network Engineering 5&6 100 <2 FIT ICT Associate Professional
OEM Technician 6 50 <3 Combilift &  Monaghan Institute
Polymer Processing Technician 6 40 <3 Plastics Ireland
Software Developer 5&6 100 <2 FIT ICT Associate Professional
Telecommunications Field Technician 6 80 <2 Eircom (eir)
Travel Professional 6 24 <3 Dawson Travel
Warehouse & Distribution Operative xxx 50 <2 National Institute of Transport & Logistics

Source: "Rebirth of Irish Apprenticeship Gathers Pace with Announcement of 25 New Apprenticeships", ETBI, Autumn 2015.

A further 36 apprenticeships (Category 2) are under consideration from a total of 86 possible schemes identified by the Apprenticeship Council following an eight month consultation process.


The duration of all current Irish Craft apprenticeships is four years (With the exception of Print Media which is a minimum 3 years), irrespective of the volume or depth of learning involved.

The duration of the 25 proposed apprenticeships varies, depending on the degree of difficulty involved in meeting the set learning outcomes for the particular apprenticeship programme but will be a minimum of two years, and range from two to four years in duration.

64% of the proposed new apprenticeships have a duration of between two and three years. 28% are between three and four years while 8% of the 25 apprenticeships have a duration of four years.


Up until now, all apprenticeships were placed at Level 6 on the NFQ. The new apprenticeships are at a variety of levels, ranging from Level 5 to Level 9 – 19% at Level 5, 33% at Level 6 (Advanced Certificate), 19% at Level 6 (Higher Certificate), 7% at Level 8 (Degree). A Level 9 (Master's) apprenticeship as an Executive Chef will now be available through the IT Tralee School of Culinary Arts.


It is expected that 50-100 apprentices will be taken in under each area, creating as many as 2,500 places each year.