The School offers the following apprenticeship programmes:

B115 Wood Manufacturing & Finishing

B851 Brickwork & Stonelaying

B855 Painting & Decorating


How to become an Apprentice

You must obtain employment as an apprentice in your chosen occupation.

The employer must be approved to train apprentices.

The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment. 

In certain crafts, apprenticeship applicants are required to pass a colour vision test approved by SOLAS.


Entry Requirements

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.

The minimum educational requirements are:

1. Grade D in five subjects in the Department of Education & Skills Junior Certifi cate Examination or an approved equivalent,
2. The successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course
3. Three years’ work experience gained over sixteen years of age in a relevant designated industrial activity as SOLAS shall deem acceptable. It should be noted that these are the current approved minimum educational requirements for apprenticeship programmes, however, previous experience of the following subjects would be an advantage but not essential: Art, Technical Drawing/Graphics, Technology, Construction Studies and Mathematics.


Opportunities on Qualification

On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, apprentices are qualified to work within the recognised trade or profession. Where craftspersons have the necessary ability and initiative, opportunities are available for advancement. These include advanced technology courses and management courses which are available in Institutes of Technology, Schools of Management and Professional Institutes.

Many craftspersons use their qualification as a platform to launch careers such as managers, owners of businesses and instructors amongst others.

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