Traineeships are developed and delivered by the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) working in partnership with industry representatives and employers.

A Traineeship combines learning in the classroom and experience in the workplace to improve employment outcomes for participants and increase retention and productivity in the sector.

Partner Employers provide work-based learning opportunities and collaborate with Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on existing and new programmes to identify skills gaps in different sectors and industries.


  • Lead to an award at NFQ Levels 4-6, or equivalent 
  • Are between 6-20 months in duration 
  • Have at least 30% of learning on-the-job 
  • Combine transversal and technical skills development
  • Are designed for flexible delivery – online, face-to-face, blended learning
  • Provide open access to prospective trainees, unemployed people may be eligible for income support
  • Respond to an identified industry skills need

Over 75 programmes are available nationally in a range of industries with new Traineeships being developed on an ongoing basis by ETBs.

You'll find a list of Traineeships here.

Browse Traineeships currently open for registration online here.

List of Traineeships on Qualifax here.

Please Note: Not all Traineeships will be available nationally at all times and elements of Traineeships may vary (in content, award, duration, etc). The information contained in the link above provides a general overview of Traineeships available, further information on programmes available in your area can be obtained from your local ETB.

Am I eligible?

Traineeships are free to access and open to potential participants of all ages and backgrounds including school levers, older learners, and those in, or seeking employment.

A range of guidance services are available for those interested in participating in a Traineeship programme:

For those currently unemployed, training allowance or income support may be available.

In line with the Pathways to Work 2016-2020 strategy, the Comprehensive Framework for Employment of People with Disabilities and the Action Plan on Jobless Households, eligibility to participate in a Traineeship programme includes people who are in receipt of any of the following payments:

  • Jobseekers Benefit
  • Jobseekers Payment
  • One Parent Family payment
  • Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment (JST)
  • Disability Allowance

Eligible persons must also be resident in the state and hold a valid PPSN.

Those in receipt of one of the payments above are eligible to retain their payment while participating in a traineeship. Prospective participants who fulfil these criteria are referred by Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) to an Education Training Board (ETB) and receive a training allowance for the duration of their training.

For more infomation on the traineeship programme go to 

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