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Maria O'Neill

Civil Engineer

STEPS

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If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....

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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 DIT Access to Apprenticeship Programme

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New DIT Access to Apprenticeship Programme


Thursday, April 20, 2017 




New DIT Access to Apprenticeship Programme

A pilot programme at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), supported by J.P. Morgan and ESB, aims to prepare young people from Dublin’s inner city communities to access apprenticeship positions.

The Access to Apprenticeship programme will build on the specific expertise and track record of DIT in the delivery of skills education and in supporting young people into third level education.

The first intake of students will be in September 2017 with 48 students participating in three phases ending in June 2018.

Access to Apprenticeship aims to support the transition of students (16-24 years old) from areas of economic disadvantage into an apprenticeship scheme. This skills sampling programme will run in three terms of 12 weeks, each term will have 16 students.

The 48 students in total will be recruited from areas of socio-economic disadvantage in Dublin and will spend 10 weeks at Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton Street. Each term will also include 2 weeks of work experience which will be provided to students by a panel of employers working in many areas of apprenticeship.

Timeline

The three 12 week programmes will begin in September 2017, January 2018 and April 2018.

Applications for September 2017 are open now and will remain open until all programmes are full. The selection process will begin from the 1st of June, 2017. DIT will confirm places before the 31st of August, 2017.

If you would like to receive more information please fill out your details below and we will be in touch. Please complete the form available here

Find out more about apprenticeships here

The CareersPortal Team