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 Eileen Faherty from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

Eileen Faherty

Electrician / Quantity Surveyor

Construction Industry Federation

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Eileen Faherty
My advice would be that if you are not afraid of hard work that construction can be a very rewarding industry. It is a constantly changing industry which is interesting to work in.

To be a QS the main values would be to be interested in dealing with financial data and be happy to work as part of a team. Having an interest in construction generally outside of the commercials will also help as it keeps you interested in the projects you are working on apart from what they cost.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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New Apprenticeships 2020

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New Apprenticeships 2020

A number of new apprenticeships have been introduced since 2016, with several more due to come on stream in 2017 and beyond to 2020. These new style apprenticeships can lead to an award ranging between Level 5 and Level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The development of these new apprenticeships and their subsequent roll-out is overseen by industry-led groups (consortia) working with education and training providers and other partners.


It is expected that 50-100 apprentices will be recruited for each area, creating as many as 2,500 additional apprenticeship places each year.

To date, nine new apprenticeships have come through the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) validation process and are fully approved, launched and have opened for recruitment

These bring the current number of available apprenticeship options to 34, with a further 16 new apprenticeship programmes currently in the development stages and due to be introduced over the coming months.

Details for each are updated in the Apprenticeship Types area as new information becomes available.

Apprenticeships in development (as of 29th August 2017):

The occupational profile for this group has now been approved.

Apprenticeships in development:

  • Wind Turbine Maintenance

The occupational profile for this group has not yet been fully approved

Apprenticeships proposed and approved for development:

  • Applied Accounting
  • Fintech Associate Professional
  • Food and Drink Process Operator
  • Maintenance Operations Engineer
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Precision Turned Parts Manufacturing
  • Science Aircraft Asset Management

This group have been approved and are now in the development process as of 29th August 2017

All new apprenticeships listed here are:

  • Industry led
  • A minimum of two years duration - (some will be up to 4 years)
  • Learning alternates between a workplace and an education/training institute with a minimum of 50% on the job training
  • Part of a formal Education and Training process
  • Prepares Apprentices to work autonomously and competently in the career area
  • Apprentices are employed and paid under a Contract of Apprenticeship and paid for its duration in both on-the-job and off-the-job phases.

On 8th December 2017 it was announced that a further 26 new additional apprenticeships will be developed over the next 12-15 months. They include:

  • Applied horticulture (two years)
  • Arboriculture (two years)
  • Associate sales professional (three years)
  • CGI technical artist: animation, games, VFX (two years)
  • Equipment systems engineer (two years)
  • Farm management (four years)
  • Farm technician (two years)
  • Geo-driller (three years)
  • ICT associate professional in cybersecurity (two years)
  • Lean Sigma manager (two years)
  • Logistics associate (two years)
  • Principal engineer (four years)
  • Professional bar manager (two years)
  • Professional hairdressing (three years)
  • Professional healthcare assistant (two years)
  • Quality assurance technician (three years)
  • Quality laboratory technician (three years)
  • Senior quantity surveyor (two years)
  • Recruitment practitioner (two years)
  • Scaffolding (three years)
  • Software system designer (two years)
  • Sport turf management ( two years)
  • Stud farm management (two years)
  • Supply chain associate (three years)
  • Supply chain manager (two years)
  • Supply chain specialist (two years)

More information will be included as it becomes available.

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