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Apprentices are back? You’re Hired!!

Apprenticeships are back!!  Semi state bodies and large organisations are recruiting apprentices, and this month there are a number of apprenticeship opportunities available. We will look at Apprenticeships in greater detail in future posts, but for now, we just wanted to make you aware of some organisations recruiting right now.


There are currently 4 major state or semi-state organisations recruiting apprentices. We have the details of each progamme below.

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Applicants must have passed 6 subjects in the Leaving Cert, be willing to move, as you might be based anywhere in the country.

You will need to have a full driving licence on or before April 2016.

The application process involved online aptitude tests.

Closing date for applications 31 March 2016

Its a 2 year programme leading to a Level 6 QQI Telecommunications Access Networks Technology Major Award




Bus Eireann  are taking on Apprentice Heavy Vehicle Mechanics in Dublin and arobus eireann picund the country.

Applicants must be 16 (by August 1st 2016) and have achieved 5 grade C in ordinary level in the following subjects in their Junior Cert – Irish or English, Maths, A science subject (Technology, Art, Craft & Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork) and 2 other subjects (where grade D in higher is acceptable)

There is also an aptitude test that needs to be taken to make a short list for interviews.

Closing date 10 April 2016

Click here for further details about Bus Eireann Heavy Vehicle Mechanics Apprentices


The ESB APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME for 2016 is now open.

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Applicants need to be over 16 (on 1st June) with training starting in the autumn of 2016 based in the ESB Training Centre in Portlaoise.

You must have a minimum Junior Cert with particular grades. You can read more about the requirments in the link below.

Closing date for applications is April 4th, and the applications must be done online using the link below.

You can call ESB on 1890 393939 between 9am and 5pm for more information.

Click here for further details about the ESB Apprenticeship Campaign 2016

defence forces

Not really an apprenticeship, but very similar. The army, navy and air-force are all now accepting applications for Officer Cadetships.


Cadets are being recruiting for the following areas

Army Line
Army Equitation
Air Corps Pilot
Naval Service Operations
Naval Service Electrical Engineer
Naval Service Marine Engineer

You must be aged between 18 and 28yrs of age.

Educational requirements vary from 3 Grade 3C in Higher Level Leaving Cert papers to a degree (depending on what area you wish to apply for)

Full details of the cadetships, the selection process, what is expected from cadets, and pay rates etc are all available from the link below

Closing date for applications is April 17th 2016

Click here for further details about the Officer Cadetships in the Defence Forces 2016

Watch out for more information about apprenticeships

We post details of apprenticeships on our Facebook page and Twitter accounts as soon as we hear about them, as we regularly get asked about becoming an apprentice. So please like or follow us at and to keep updated.

Over the next few months we will be looking in more depth at apprenticeships. We’ll explore what they are, how to get on them, and what to expect when you are doing one.


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