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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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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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Demand for Apprentice Agricultural Mechanics

agricultural mechanics in 2017 reported a slight increase on the previous year to 152 registered by August 31, 2017

Labour shortage observed across several agricultural industries is hitting machinery garages, with mechanics leaving the trade and not enough apprentices in training. According to industry experts, There are only half the required number of apprentices in training to facilitate these roles.

The number of people enrolled as apprentice agricultural mechanics in 2017 reported a slight increase on the previous year to 152 registered by August 31, 2017. However, the number of apprentice agri mechanics makes up less than 1.5% of the total number of apprenticeships taken on across the board each year.

There is currently a demand for more apprentice schemes to be made available to cater for the demand. There are around 40 apprentices registered in each of two training courses: the degree-level apprenticeship run by Tralee IT and the FTMTA which can be accessed here and the craft course operated by SOLAS which can be accessed without the Leaving Cert and is avaialble here.

The role of a Agricultural mechanics are concerned with fault-finding, repair, overhaul and maintenance of farm tractors and farm machinery.

To learn more about the role of an Agricultural Mechanic and entry routes click here.

For vacancies O'Shea Plant Hire & Sales company based in Kilkenny and current vacancies for an Agricultural Mechanic and Store Person and can be contacted via info@osheasales.com with a CV and Cover Letter.

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

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