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's here (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. 

Minister Harris announces new gender-based funding for apprenticeship employers (14 April 2022)

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has today announced a new gender-based bursary for apprenticeship employers.

The bursary, which is worth €2,666, is available to employers who employ apprentices on any national apprenticeship programme with greater than 80% representation of a single gender.

The new gender-based bursary is being implemented with effect from 1 January 2022. It covers all new apprentice registrations from that date on eligible national apprenticeship programmes.

For the full press release go to gov.ie

Minister Harris announces new €2,000 support for apprenticeship employers (19 December 2021)

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has today (Sunday) announced the introduction of an annual grant of €2,000 for employers who employ apprentices in one of the 37 apprenticeships which have been established since 2016.

This extends financial support to all apprentice employers for the first time, addressing a key barrier to employer participation in apprenticeship.

For the full press release go to gov.ie



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