What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship combines learning in an education and training institution with work-based learning in a company. At least 50% of apprenticeship learning is completed in the workplace. Apprenticeships lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

Apprentices 'earn while they learn' – they have an employment contract and are paid a salary for the duration of their apprenticeship training.

Apprenticeships vary in length depending on the programme, lasting between two and four years.

Find an apprenticeship programme that suits you here

Download the Apprenticeship Brochure here

For a list of Current Apprenticeships and Apprenticeships in Development click here 

For FAQ's click here

Download the Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021 - 2025 here (pdf)
Further information on the Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021 - 2025 - FAQ'shere (pdf)


Find an ApprenticeshipApprenticeship Jobs is a portal to connect employers with people wishing to pursue an apprenticeship.  Apprenticeships on this site are designed by industry-led groups, supporting growth and education.  All apprenticeships offered on this site are eligible for SOLAS financial support and will result in a QQI award on successful completion. www.apprenticeshipjobs.ie

Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme for employers - July 2020

The incentive support covers all national apprenticeship programmes - 58 programmes as of August 2020 - and will apply to any new apprenticeship programmes which are launched in 2020.

Apprenticeship employers are eligible for a €3,000 payment for each new apprentice who is registered between the period 01 March and 31 December 2020. €2,000 per apprentice is payable at the point of registration. A further €1,000 is payable in Quarter 3 2021 for each eligible apprentice retained on their apprenticeship.

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Junior Cycle Class of 2020 and 2021

Access to craft apprenticehsip following the cancellation of the 2021 Junior Cycle Examination due to COVID-19 pandemic

As part of the continued response to COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland, following recommendations from an advisory group of stakeholders as part of planning for the State Examinations, the Minister for Education has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Junior Cycle Examinations. This follows from the cancellation of the examinations in 2020. Students who were due to complete their Junior Cycle examinations in 2020 or 2021 will receive the following in lieu of sitting their examinations:

  • A State Certificate of completion of Junior Cycle from the Department of Education. The Certificate will confirm completion of the Junior Cycle programme of study, including the list of subjects, short courses and/or priority learning units studied.
  • A School Report setting out the learning achievements of students in Junior Cycle. Students will receive a written report from their school on the broad range of learning that they have achieved in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit at the end of Junior Cycle. This assessment of their learning will be provided by their teachers. Schools will have autonomy in how this assessment is to be arrived at and the format in which the report is provided.

Eligibility arrangements for Craft Apprenticeships

The minimum eligibility requirements for entry to National Craft Apprenticeships is Grade D (Junior Certificate subjects) or Achieved (Junior Cycle subjects) in 5 subjects at the Junior Certificate/Junior Cycle award or approved equivalent.

To avoid any unfair disadvantage for young people wishing to access National Craft Apprenticeships, it has been determined that the 2020 or 2021 State Certificate and School Report provided to students who were due to complete their examinations in 2020 or 2021 will be deemed to be an 'approved equivalent' as per the eligibility requirements.

Apprentices may present their 2020 or 2021 State Certificate and accompanying School Report to employers, training providers and SOLAS Authorised Officers confirm their eligibility for a craft apprenticeship. To note: The above requirements are deemed to be the minimum entry requirement for craft apprenticeship. Employers may require prospective apprentices to have achieved a higher level of award.

This arrangement specifically applies to those learners who were due to complete the Junior Cycle in 2020 or 2021. It does not apply for learners who complete or completed the Junior Certificate/Cycle in any other year.

For reference:

Extract from Statutory Instrument No. 168/1997 - Labour Services Act 1987 - Apprenticeship Rules 1997 on eligibility for craft apprenticeships "4. A person entering employment as an apprentice shall have the following, as a minimum—

( a ) Grade D in five (5) subjects in the Department of Education's Junior Certificate examination, or approved equivalent, or

( b ) Completed to the satisfaction of An Foras an approved pre-apprenticeship course, or

( c ) Completed to the satisfaction of An Foras a course for persons with disabilities at a Centre approved by An Fóras, or

( d ) In the case of persons being over 25 years of age who do not meet the requirements under (a) not less than three years work experience acceptable to An Fóras in a relevant designated industrial activity.

In respect of (b), (c) and (d) above applicants must undergo a structured assessment interview approved by An Fóras and achieve a minimum standard to be specified by An Fóras from time to time."



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