TRADITIONAL CRAFT APPRENTICESHIPS
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 enables you to enter or stay in the workforce, earn a wage and learn new skills. Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and professional skills in tandem with gaining a recognised qualification.
In 2014 the Government announced major reforms to the way Apprenticeships are structured and funded in Ireland with the development of the Apprenticeship Council. The Council is enterprise-led with representatives from business, trade unions, further education bodies and the Department of Education and Skills. The Apprenticeship Council is seeking not only to increase the range of professions available through the earn and learn model, but also to create new progression pathways up to level 10 on the Qualifications framework.
KEY FEATURES OF NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIPS
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. It is a dual system, a blended combination of on-the-job employer-based training and off-the-job training. It comprises seven phases; 4 phases on the job with the employer and 3 phases in a Training Centre/College.
BENEFITS OF AN APPRENTICESHIP
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.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN CRAFT APPRENTICESHIPS
Full details of all traditional craft apprenticeships, including the Occupational profile are available at the link below:
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.
HOW LONG DO APPRENTICESHIPS TAKE?
Traditional Craft apprenticeships generally take 4 years to complete, with the exception of the Print Media apprenticeship, which is 3 years.
WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I WORK TOWARDS?
Apprentices who successfully complete a traditional craft Apprenticeship programme achieve an award at QQI Level 6 on the qualifications framework.
BECOMING AN APPRENTICE
To become an Apprentice you must find an employer on who is registered 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.
Employers wishing to register an apprentice must be able to satisfy SOLAS/CMETB that they are capable of providing access to the range of work, tools and equipment specified in the curriculum for that trade. The employer must provide a suitably qualified craftsperson to mentor and supervise the apprentice and ensure the on-the-job training and assessments are completed and records maintained correctly.
Once an apprentice meets the qualifying educational criteria, the employer will initiate the registration process with Apprenticeship Services. For those trades requiring the Ishihara Colour Vision Test this must be submitted with a signed passport photograph before registration can be completed.
WHAT DO APPRENTICES GET PAID?
For traditional craft apprenticeships developed before 2016, the employer pays the apprentice while s/he is being trained on-the-job during phases 1, 3, 5 and 7. The actual rates paid may vary depending on the occupation and the industry in which you are employed. You should seek details of rates of pay from your prospective employer.
A training allowance is paid by the local ETB where the apprentice is attending the off-the-job training in the training centre or college. The training allowance are based on the gross wages paid by industry in each sector. The weekly gross wage norms for different industries are available on www.apprenticeship.ie.
Apprentices may also qualify for an accommodation or travelling allowance during off-the-job training phases in the Training Centre or College.
ARE THERE ANY COSTS FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP?
Apprentices pay a pro-rata registration fee for college phases 4 and 6 when attending a Higher Education Institute. This generally takes place in years 3 and 4. The fee payable will depend on the amount of time the apprentice is scheduled to attend the college. For example if the fee for full-time students is €3,000 then an apprentice attending phase 4 and/or 6 for 10/11 weeks, the pro-rata fee would be €1,000 approximately.
If you are interested in registering for an apprenticeship, as either an Employer or Apprentice you can contact Apprenticeship Services CMETB on 049-4353922/0494353951 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.