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 Nicola O'Higgins from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:


Nicola O'Higgins


Bord Iascaigh Mhara

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You need to work with people in the industry as knowledge is everything  - where to buy, who from, when etc. Health and safety courses and a pleasant manner and drive are also important.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Finding Apprenticeship Vacancies

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

Employers must be approved by SOLAS (formerly FÁS), the new Authority in Ireland in order to take on apprentices. 

Below are some resources to help you with finding current apprenticeship vacancies.

The following Jobsites have live Apprenticeship Vacancies:

Interested in a construction apprenticeship?

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

Click on the links below to explore Employers/Organisations who take on and train Apprentices.

Note: Where no current apprenticeship vacancies are listed, you can explore the organisation's website information or contact the company directly for details of when their next recruitment opportunity will be open.

Aircraft Mechanic
  • Aer Lingus - (Aircraft Engineering & Maintenance) offer apprenticeships for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers - click here
  • Aer Arann - Aircraft Mechanic Apprenticship - click here
  • The Air Corps - recruits aircraft technicians click here 
  • The Irish Army - recruits apprentices and cadets  click here
  • Dublin Aerospace - recruits aircraft technicians - click here
  • Cityjet  - recruits apprentice Aircraft Engineers - Click here
  • Lufthansa Technik Shannon - Aircraft Maintenance Technician Programme - click here
  • Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland - click here
Carpentry / Joinery
Construction Plant Fitter
  • Bord na Móna - recruits for apprentices mid August annually click here
  • 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 - applications NOW OPEN - closing date Thursday 30th March more
  • ETCI - Electro-Technical Council of Ireland - click here
  • Bord na Móna - recruits for apprentices mid August annually click here
  • Jones Engineering Group - electrical apprentices - click here

Video: NEW ESB Apprentice Recruitment Campaign 2017

Electrical Instrumentation
  • Jones Engineering Group - electrical instrumentation - click here


  • 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 and open for application in March - closing date 20th March 2017. Application details here.


  • Farm Apprenticeship - see Teagasc


  • Irish Master Farriers Association - click here


  • AOL Engineering Ltd. - Fitter/Turner - click here

Heavy Vehicle Mechanic

Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann generally seek the following apprentices each year: Electricians, Fitter/Turner, Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, Vehicle Body Repairer

  • Dublin Bus - click here - The annual Apprentice recruitment programme 2017 commenced 5th March. Closing date is 1st April.
  • Bus Eireann - click here - The annual Apprentice recruitment programme 2017 commenced 5th March. Closing date is 1st April.
  • ESB Networks - HGV mechanic apprentices recruited every 2-years - approximately February. Latest recruitment drive for ESB Apprentice Electricians and HGV Mechanics 2017 now open more
  • Volvo Trucks Great Britain & Ireland - click here


  • Racing - You can train to become a jockey at RACE in Co. Kildare - click here

Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting

Motor Mechanic

  • SIMI - The Society of the Irish Motor Industry - Motor Industry Apprentices - click here

Plumbing / Pipe Fitting 

  • Designer Group Engineering Contractors - click here

Steel Fabrication & Welding

Telecommunications Technician
  • EIR (formerly Eircom) - Apprenticeship Progamme click here for full 2017 details - Closing Date 8th April 2017
Vehicle Body Repairer
  • SIMI - The Society of the Irish Motor Industry - Motor Industry Apprentices - click here