Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Fergal Feehely from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Apprentice Painter Decorator

Construction Industry Federation

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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Apprenticeships

 

Craft Apprenticeships

Craft apprenticeships train you for becoming a recognised craftsperson in Ireland. You work for an employer while at the same time learning the skills and gaining the knowledge you need to qualify in your chosen trade.

Commonly known as 'learning a trade', apprenticeships have always been an attractive career path. Candidates earn a wage during their instruction period and complete blocks of modular training over a period of time appropriate to the skills that must be acquired. Apprenticeship qualifications are mobile throughout the world. 

Craft apprenticeships are generally made-up of seven phases over a period of four years. Three phases are 'off-the-job' and four are 'on-the-job'. [See Apprenticeship Training for general details]

Apprentices are paid throughout their training both 'on-the-job' and 'off-the-job' [See Pay & Fees]. Some employers will even pay accommodation costs for apprentices whilst in training.

Apprenticeship is a great way to get onto the career ladder, earn money, get experience, as well as a qualification up to Level 6 or beyond on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). [See Becoming an Apprentice for information on getting started.]

Video: Meet Ireland's Apprentices and find out more about WorldSkills, Brazil 2017

Did you know ...

Many Irish apprentices compete strongly in the Ireland Skills competition each year, going on to represent their country in the World Skills Competition, winning medals for the skills they have learnt. World Skills is effectively the Olympic Games for apprentices.

Current Craft Apprenticeships

To become an apprentice in one of the craft trades marked* you must pass a colour–vision test approved by SOLAS ( the Ishihara Colour Vision Test - 24 Plate Edition).

See Apprenticeship Types for a detailed description of each role.

Did you know ...

There's a Bursary for Women Apprentices!

Apprenticeship provides opportunities for women to broaden their career options into new and non-traditional areas of work. To promote this, a special bursary is offered to employers to encourage the recruitment of female apprentices in certain sectors.Contact the apprenticeship section in your local ETB or Click here for details.


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