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 Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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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