SOLAS– :   offers training and further education programmes to both jobseekers looking for employment and employees wishing to improve their skills.  Part-time, full-time, evening and online courses for jobseekers.


Apprenticeships – you can find more information on apprenticeships here.   

Craft Apprenticeships:  You can train to become a plasterer or electrician etc.  While you are training, you work with an employer learning the necessary skills and receive a wage. Most apprenticeships last 4 years. Apprentices 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. However, employers may require additional minimum qualifications. To apply for a place on an apprenticeship, you must first register with SOLAS.

Professional Apprenticeships:  NFQ Level 5 to 9 is offered through the individual industries in areas as diverse as; financial services, accounting, medical devices, software development etc.  Professional bodies such as Accounting Technicians of Ireland/ Insurance Practitioners of Ireland have programmes to link you to the employers and relevant academic institutes.

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An Garda Siochana – :     Applications for the position of Garda Trainee are made by way of an online application process which is managed by the Public Appointments Service  Applicants must be 18 but not yet 35 years of age.  For education requirements and other information check out

Defence Forces:  Recruitment competitions are held as required, check out for further information.

Teagasc:  Careers in agriculture, horticulture, horses or forestry.  These courses offer a wide range of career options in the expanding amenity horticulture and forestry sectors.  For more information check out  –

Institutes of Further Education

These practical courses, are designed to prepare students for employment or progression into further studies in 3rd Level Colleges.

There are often still places on FE courses and even if you haven’t applied, you can do so  by contacting the local Colleges.