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Finding Apprenticeship Vacancies

To secure an apprenticeship, the first step is to identify an employer in the specific trade or area that you are interested in, who employs Apprentices. Once you have done this, make your application highlighting why you are suitable for the position.

Below are some resources to help you with finding current apprenticeship vacancies and information on the new apprenticeship opportunities coming on stream soon.

The following job sites have live Apprenticeship Vacancies:

Interested in a construction apprenticeship?

Register your interest in construction apprenticeships by creating an account on Apprentices.ie and uploading a short personal profile via this link.

A list of employers/organisations who take on apprentices, or provide apprenticeship training is available below. 

You can visit the company's website (career or vacancies area) for further information on their apprenticeship opportunities or email them directly for details of when the next recruitment opportunity will be open.

Key: C = Current  ID = In Development  OPA = Occupational Profile Approved  PNYA - Profile Not Yet Approved PNA - Proposed New Apprenticeship NICA - No Information Currently Available

TYPE

Stage

Employers &/or Further Information
Accounting Technician OPA Accounting Technicians Ireland - click here
Advanced Craft Welder NICA  Donegal ETB
Agricultural Mechanic C  Apprentices.ie - via this link.
Aircraft Mechanic C  Aer Lingus -  click here
Aer Arann -  click here
Atlantic Aviation Group - click here
Irish Aviation Authority - click here
The Air Corps - click here 
The Irish Army - click here
Dublin Aerospace - latest Closed 30th April 2017- click here
Cityjet - Click here
Lufthansa Technik Shannon - click here
Baker OPA Flour, Confectionary & Bakers Association (FCBA)
Bricklayer/Stonelayer C  SISK Group - click here
Apprentices.ie - via this link.

Butcher OPA Association of Craft Butchers of Ireland - craftbutchers.ie
Carpenter / Joiner C  OPW - Office of Public Works  - click here
SISK Group - click here
Apprentices.ie - via this link.
Chef de Partie PNYA  Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) & Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) & IT Tralee
Commis Chef OPA Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) & Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) & IT Tralee
Construction Plant Fitter C  Bord na Móna - mid-August annually click here
Apprentices.ie via this link.
Craft Welder NICA  Apprentices.ie - via this link.
Electrician C  ESB Networks - electrical apprentices recruited annually in approximately February. Opportunities for people to train as network technicians or electricians and fitters click here. Latest recruitment drive for ESB Apprentice Electricians and HGV Mechanics 2017 closed 30th March more
ETCI - Electro-Technical Council of Ireland - click here
Bord na Móna - mid-August annually click here
Jones Engineering Group - electrical apprentices - click here
Designer Group Engineering Contractors - electrical apprentices
Apprentices.ie via this link.
Electrical Instrumentation C  Gas Networks Ireland - click here
Jones Engineering Group - electrical instrumentation - click here
Electronic Security Systems C  List of registered security companies who install and maintain alarm and security systems is are available here. Check individual company websites for details of apprenticeship opportunities.
Engineering Technician

Engineering Technician

Mercury Engineering - apprentice electricians and plumbers -  click here
AOL Engineering Ltd. - Fitter/Turner - click here
NMCI - National Maritime College of Ireland Tech Trainee / Apprenticeships - click here
Jones Engineering Group - click here
GSKinternational pharmaceutical and health care company with four locations in Ireland. Apprenticeships begin in September - application closed 20th March 2017. Application details here.

Engineering Services Management

PNYA  Construction Industry Federation /CIT

Executive Chef

PNYA  Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) & Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI)

Farrier

C 

Irish Master Farriers Association - click here
The Irish Army - click here

Fitter

C 

AOL Engineering Ltd. - Fitter/Turner - click here

Heavy Vehicle Mechanic

C 

Irish Rail - click here
Dublin Bus - click here - Closed 15th April 2017
Bus Eireann - click here - Closed 15th April.
ESB Networks - HGV mechanic apprentices recruited every 2-years - approximately February. Latest recruitment drive for ESB Apprentice Electricians and HGV Mechanics 2017 now closed more
Volvo Trucks Great Britain & Ireland - click here

HGV Driver

OPA Irish Road Haulage Association & Cavan Monaghan ETB - CMETB

ICT Network Engineer

OPA FIT ICT Associate Professional - To find out more: email ictap@fit.ie or by phone on 01 8825570. See also www.fit.ie 

ICT Software Developer

OPA FIT ICT Associate Professional - To find out more: email ictap@fit.ie or by phone on 01 8825570. See also www.fit.ie 

IFS Advanced Specialist

OPA Financial Services Ireland - Click here for details and IFS Apprenticeships

IFS Generalist

OPA Financial Services Ireland - Click here for details and IFS Apprenticeships

IFS Specialist

OPA Financial Services Ireland - Click here for details and IFS Apprenticeships

Industrial Electrical Engineer

Launched by Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)

Companies participating in the first cohort of this apprenticeship:

Johnson & Johnson Visioncare (Vistakon), Limerick.

Kirby Engineering, Limerick.

Kostal, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick.

Analog Devices, Limerick.

H&MV Engineering, Limerick.

O'Keeffe Electrical, Ennis, Co Clare.

Molex, Shannon, Co Clare.=

Specialist Technical Engineering Services (STS), Waterford.

BMC Manufacturing, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

Reach Active, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Industrial Insulator

C  Apprentices.ie - via this link.

Instrumentation

C  Apprentices.ie - via this link.

Insurance Practitioner

C The Insurance Institute of Ireland (iii) - click here for details

Manufacturing Engineer (OEM)

OPA CombiliftMonaghan Institute  & CMETB

Manufacturing Engineer

C  Irish Medical Devices Association - IMDA

Manufacturing ICT Engineer

PNYA  Limerick for Engineering/IT Industry Group & Limerick IT

Manufacturing Technician

C  Irish Medical Devices Association - IMDA

Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting (MAMF)

C 

Gas Networks Ireland - click here
Bord na Móna - click here
Dublin Aerospace - click here

Metal Fabricator

C  Kiernan Structural Steel Ltd. - click here

Motor Mechanic

C 

SIMI - The Society of the Irish Motor Industry - Motor Industry Apprentices - click here
Joe Duffy Motor Group - click here
MSL Motor Group - click here
Nissan Ireland - click here

Bus Eireann - Click here
SKODA Ireland - Click here

Painter & Decorator

C  Apprentices.ie - via this link.

Pipe Fitter

C  Apprentices.ie - via this link.

Plasterer

C  Apprentices.ie - via this link.

Plumber

C 

EPS Group - click here
Gas Networks Ireland - click here
Jones Engineering Group - Plumbing - click here
Designer Group Engineering Contractors - click here
Apprentices.ie - via this link.

Polymer Processing Technician

C

Plastics Ireland

Property Services Professional

PNYA 

Sherry Fitzgerald and Ballsbridge College

Retail Practice

PNYA 

Retail Ireland /Retail Ireland Skillnet

Sous Chef

PNYA  IT Tralee and Restaurants Association of Ireland
Stonecutter C  OPW - Office of Public Works  - click here
Údaras na Gaeltachta - click here
Telecoms Field Technician OPA EIR (formerly Eircom) - Apprenticeship Programme click here for full 2017 details - Closing Date 8th April 2017
Toolmaker C  Apprentices.ie - via this link.
Travel Professional NICA  Dawson Travel
Vehicle Body Repairer C  SIMI - The Society of the Irish Motor Industry - Motor Industry Apprentices - click here
Dublin Bus recruit Vehicle Body Repairer apprentices annually - click here
Warehouse Distribution Operative National Institute of Transport & Logistics - NITL
Wind Turbine Maintenance PNYA Gamesa and Kerry ETB
Wood Manufacturing/Finisher C  Apprentices.ie - via this link.
Vacancies announced and application details will be highlighted on CareersPortal.ie