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 Naoise Pye from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

Naoise Pye

Social Care Worker

St. Michael's House

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You need to be interested in people, and want to help them. Interests in Creative Arts can help as well as having a degree in Social Studies and having plenty of work experience.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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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 Apprentices.ie 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.

APPRENTICESHIP TYPEEMPLOYER / ORGANISATION
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 apprentice aircraft technicians Closing Date Sunday 30th April 2017- click here
  • Cityjet  - recruits apprentice Aircraft Engineers - Click here
  • Lufthansa Technik Shannon - Aircraft Maintenance Technician Programme - click here
Butcher
  • Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland - click here
Bricklayer
  • Register your interest in construction apprenticeships by creating an account on Apprentices.ie and uploading a short personal profile via this link.
Carpentry / Joinery
  • Register your interest in construction apprenticeships by creating an account on Apprentices.ie and uploading a short personal profile via this link.
Construction Plant Fitter
  • Bord na Móna - recruits for apprentices mid August annually click here
  • Register your interest in construction apprenticeships by creating an account on Apprentices.ie and uploading a short personal profile via this link.
Electrical
  • 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
  • Register your interest in construction apprenticeships by creating an account on Apprentices.ie and uploading a short personal profile via this link.

Video: NEW ESB Apprentice Recruitment Campaign 2017

Electrical Instrumentation
  • Jones Engineering Group - electrical instrumentation - click here
Electronic Security Systems
  • A 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

  • 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.

Farming/Horticulture

  • Farm Apprenticeship - see Teagasc

Farriery

  • Irish Master Farriers Association - click here

Fitter

  • 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 extended to 15th April.
  • Bus Eireann - click here - The annual Apprentice recruitment programme 2017 commenced 5th March. Closing date extended to 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 open more
  • Volvo Trucks Great Britain & Ireland - click here

Jockey

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

Steel Fabrication & Welding

Stonemasonry
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
  • Dublin Bus recruit Vehicle Body Repairer apprentices annually - click here
Other
  • Register your interest in construction apprenticeships by creating an account on Apprentices.ie and uploading a short personal profile via this link.