An apprenticeship is the recognised way people train in a craft trade or profession. As an apprentice you earn as you learn.  You will be paid for your work and you will gain internationally recognised qualifications.. Common apprenticeships include construction, electrical, engineering, hospitality or cooking, mechanics, or IT.

Here is our short guide on Apprenticeships:

You can download our Guide to Apprenticeships here


The main craft trades and professions  are coordinated and managed by SOLAS along with the Department of Education and Science, employers and unions.

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.

For more  information on how to become an apprentice and where to look for apprenticeships check out

To find current apprentice opportunities look at Generation Apprenticeship

CareersPortal also have information on steps to becoming an apprentice.


A pre-apprenticeship course is for young people who want to do an apprenticeship but don’t have the minimum entry requirements.

These courses have both hands-on and classroom based modules, and aim to develop skills, knowledge and expertise to gaining an apprenticeship in a range of trades or industries.  For information you can contact SOLAS or your local Youthreach would be a good place to start.

If you have any questions about apprenticeships, you can chat online to a trained Youth Information Officer or leave us a message and we can get back to you.