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We asked Mark Maguire from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:
|The advice I would give is firstly talk to someone you may know that is already in the trade and ask them any questions that you may have or ask them about some of there first hand experiences.
Another good piece of advice would be to go onto YouTube and search some basic electrics, keep in mind that these are the kind of things that you will face when you go to the college phases of your apprenticeship . There are books and e-books that can be purchased to get an understanding.
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Mark Spain , Garda Trainee
Mark left his job in the Civil Service where he had worked for seven years to join An Garda Síochána at age 29. He was also a member of The Garda Reserve prior to beginning his studies in Templemore which he highly advocates for giving the best insight into the work of the Gardaí.
Engineering / Physics / Construction / French.
I'd like to think these gave me a good ability to solve problems as well as helping me to have a good hands on approach to things.
Leaving Certificate. National Certificate in Business Computing from LIT and a certificate in physical fitness and conditioning for sport from Setanta College.
It would be hard to pin point if any particular aspect has been overly important. I think my time working in the Garda College and working in the Garda Reserve has been the most important.
We can't apply for courses while in training but I would be interested in family liaison training as it is so important to families stricken by crime.