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We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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Different apprenticeships within the Motor Industry

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Different apprenticeships within the Motor Industry


Wednesday, December 13, 2017 




Different apprenticeships within the Motor Industry

Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland and is a demand-driven, workplace and classroom, educational and training programme for employed people aimed at developing the skills of the apprentice to meet the needs of industry and the labour market.

The main craft trades within the Irish Motor Industry are:

Motor Mechanic

Heavy Vehicle Mechanic.

Construction Plant Fitter.

Agricultural Mechanic.

Vehicle Body Repairer.

SIMI works closely with both SOLAS and industry to ensure the curriculum content for the main craft trades within the motor industry is relevant and up to date. On successful completion of an apprenticeship, a FETAC Advanced Certificate is awarded (Level 6 on the educational framework); this award is recognised internationally as the requirement for craftsperson status.

Before seeking an apprenticeship within the Motor Industry, it is wise to fully understand what is involved. It is wise to ask potential employers, qualified motor industry craftspeople or apprentices for advice about their craft and potential career opportunities. It is also important to consult with a guidance professional and local Education and Training Boards (ETB's).

At present, Ireland has a 17% female participation rate in the Motor Industry which is very low. The sector is not able to attract "women for entry-level positions" due to the pre-existing notion of the industry being male dominated and the existence of a "perception problem."

SIMI (The Society of the Irish Motor Industry) are encouraging women to consider a career in the motor industry and particularly ask them to check out the apprenticeship opportunities.

To promote the entry of women into the designated apprenticeships (particularly in areas were women are under-represented) SOLAS offers a bursary to employers to encourage the recruitment of woman apprentices.

Occupational profiles on Motor Industry carers is available here and Details of Training and Career Development Opportunities with the SIMI are here.

The Gross Wage Norm in Phase 2 of a Motor Apprentice starts at €195.25 and in the 4th Year increase to €527.70.

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

The video link below includes what some of the Women at SIMI had to say about the Industry and their advice for those thinking of a career in the Motor Industry.

 Source - www.simi.ie