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 Lisa Kelly from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lisa Kelly

Speech and Language

Health Service Executive

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  Lisa Kelly

Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.

Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics

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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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Entry Requirements

AGE

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Grade D in five Junior Certificate exams, or an approved equivalent.

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  • If you don’t meet the minimum Junior Cert requirements, you may still be able to register as an apprentice if you successfully complete an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course.

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  • You can also be eligible if you are over 16 years-old and have three years of relevant work experience, as deemed acceptable by SOLAS. 

It’s worth noting that employers may require additional minimum qualifications to those specified by SOLAS.

NoteExperience has shown that higher grades of entry than those suggested by SOLAS are preferred for certain apprenticeships, due to the technical nature of the particular trade.

Employers typically seek applicants who have completed Leaving Cert, including Maths (with at least a grade C3 in Ordinary Level Maths) and preferably Physics.

SafePass and/or Manual Handling Certification are also valued by employers in certain sectors.

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Your employer must be approved to train apprentices.
  • Your employer must register you as an apprentice within 2 weeks of recruitment.

Always check the SOLAS page on eligibility and assessment for any changes to entry requirements.