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I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

Our internships are a great chance to come for a short period to determine where your interests lie and taste the experiences. Starting out your career path with the EU gives you a really good foundation of insider knowledge of how the EU works and is so useful professionally, even if you don’t plan on working there forever.

It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.
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26 new apprenticeships announced

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26 new apprenticeships announced


Friday, December 08, 2017 




26 new apprenticeships announced

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., and Minister of State John Halligan T.D., announced that 26 new national apprenticeships have been approved for further development in areas ranging from Animation to Healthcare.

An Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training which combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education and training institution and prepares participants for a specific occupation and leads to a qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.

If you are interested to learn more about becoming an apprentice click here

All of the new apprenticeships are flexible, ranging in duration from two years to four years and will be offered at levels 5 to 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Some 26 new apprenticeships are to 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)

For more information on all the above check out our New Apprenticeships 2020 page here.

Concluding from Budget 2018, €122m will be available for apprenticeship training, an increase of almost 24% on the previous year thus allowing the delivery of 10 more apprenticeship programmes and over 6,000 more apprenticeship registrations in 2018.

Visit www.apprenticeship.ie for apprentice opportunities and information for employers on how to register and hire an apprentice.

If you are interested in viewing the current list of apprentices available can do so by clicking here

Video: Oisin Murphy - Apprentice Carpenter

The CareersPortal Team