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

Liam Dowling

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

St. Michael's House

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Liam Dowling

Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

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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Dublin City Council to bring back apprenticeships in 2018

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Dublin City Council to bring back apprenticeships in 2018

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 

Dublin City Council to bring back apprenticeships in 2018

Dublin City Council is to bring back apprenticeship schemes next year. Whilst there will be only 15 positions in 2018, it is anticipated that the intake of apprentices will increase significantly in 2019.

The decision to reintroduce the apprenticeship scheme was announced in Budget 2018. The city council is now expected to fill posts next year for:

  • apprentice plumbers,
  • apprentice carpenters,
  • apprentice electricians and
  • apprentice stonemasons.

Although there will be only 15 posts across these four areas next year Dublin City Council is likely to increase that number substantially in 2019. The apprenticeships are across the work areas of housing maintenance and environment, and the transportation department.

It is reported that Dublin City Council staff is at an all-time low. In areas such as housing maintenance, the council has become over-reliant on contractors. It now wishes to recommence recruitment and develop the necessary the necessary skills in-house to deliver a first class service. The re-introduction of apprenticeship recruitment is an important way of addressing this.

Under Budget 2018 over 6,000 new apprenticeship places and 10 new apprenticeship schemes were announced for 2018 by the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe.

When recruitment opens with Dublin City Council in 2018, apprenticeship vacancies will be advertised. Details of all current vacancies are available here on the Council's website and on

Find out more about Apprenticeships.

The CareersPortal Team