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Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).
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Demand for Apprentice Agricultural Mechanics

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Demand for Apprentice Agricultural Mechanics


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 




Demand for Apprentice Agricultural Mechanics

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.