If you are not sure what Apprenticeship you want to do or you do not have the minimum entry requirements e.g. your Junior Cert – there are still options for you
Access to Apprenticeship Programme (Taster Course on a range of Apprenticeships)
Access to Apprenticeship Programme is delivered by TU Dublin’s college of Engineering and Built Environment. It is a 12 week programme that gives you an opportunity to sample a range of apprenticeships in Construction, Engineering, Electrical, Motor and Aviation – it runs 3 times a year – September, January and April .
The next course starts in September 2022
*Closing date to submit Applications is the 26th of August 2022
If you would like to do an apprenticeship but don’t have the minimum entry requirements e.g. Junior Cert, then this course would be worth exploring.
The Pre-Apprenticeship course offers you the opportunity to gain the qualification needed to begin an apprenticeship or to proceed to further education at level 4 and beyond. The course is comparable to Junior Certificate. It offers both hands-on and classroom based modules and aims to develop skills, knowledge and expertise to gaining an apprenticeship in a range of trades or industries. For information you can contact SOLAS or your local Youthreach would be a good place to start. e.g. Dun Laoghaire Community Training Centre Pre-Apprenticeship Training Course
Incentives for Employers
The Government have put in place different incentives to get Employers to take on people from diverse backgrounds including:
- €3,000 grant system and additional supports will be offered to those who employ women, lone parents, people with disabilities, and those living in direct provision.
- Gender Diversity Bursary: Employers get a €3,000 grant for every apprentice employed, but an extra bonus grant of €2,666 will be given to employers who hire female apprentice plasterers, plumbers, butchers, mechanics, sous chefs, industrial electrical engineers, and other trades which are currently 80% male or more. On the flip side, more than 80% of hairdressing apprentices are women, so the same incentive would apply to boost the number of men entering this profession.
- A €5,000 bursary programme to help 100 apprentices each year from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as lone parents, people with disabilities, Travellers, and Roma.
We look at Apprenticeships in greater detail in another post