An Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become skilled craftspeople in Ireland.  SOLAS has statutory responsibility for the management of the Apprenticeship programmes.  Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board are responsible for the day to day management of statutory apprenticeship programmes at a regional level.


An Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training, which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education or training centre.

Traditional Apprenticeships comprise seven phases: 4 phases on the job with the employer and 3 phases in a Training Centre/College.

New Apprenticeships developed since 2016, vary in entry requirements, duration and on and off-the-job phases.


Apprentices earn while they learn and build valuable work-ready skills in a chosen occupation. Apprenticeships open up exciting and rewarding careers, with learning grounded in the practical experience of undertaking a real job.

For full details of all Apprenticeships are available here


Minimum entry requirements vary depending on the profession/career you are interested in.

For Traditional Craft Apprenticeships, you must be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of grade D in any five subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent, including Maths.

For new Apprenticeships please check individual programme requirements.


To become an Apprentice you must find an employer SOLAS approved to train apprentices in your chosen trade.

CMETB is responsible for Registering Employers and Apprentices in counties Cavan and Monaghan. (You can check if your prospective employer is registered by contacting Apprenticeship Services, FET Campus, Cavan).

Once an apprentice meets the qualifying educational criteria, the employer will initiate the registration process with Apprenticeship Services.

For some trades applicants must pass the Ishihara Colour Vision Test.


If you are interested in registering for an apprenticeship, as either an Employer or Apprentice you can contact CMETB Apprenticeship Services on 049-4353922 or email to

Details of Apprenticeship Job Opportunities are available here

FAQs for Apprenticeships

In addition to managing National Apprenticeships, CMETB also deliver the training for a number of Statutory Apprenticeships locally in Cavan and Monaghan:

Electrical Apprenticeship-Phase 2

CMETB currently run Phase 2 training for electrical apprentices at Cavan Further Education and Training Campus and Monaghan Institute. 

You must be a registered apprentice with a SOLAS registered employer to participate in this training programme.

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship 

This is a two year apprenticeship programme comprising 1 day in college at Monaghan Institute and 4 days working with the employer.

Interested applicants need to complete an expression of Interest Form in the first instance available here

On completion the learner can achieve a QQI level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting.
Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) Apprenticeship  (Delivered in Monaghan Institute)
Commis Chef Apprenticeship  (Delivered in Cavan Institute)