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What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a method by which; a person works for an employer as an apprentice in a chosen trade and learns the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to
become a qualified craftsperson.

What is different about the new Standards-Based Apprenticeship?
As the name suggests the new apprenticeship system is Standards-Based. This means you will undergo specific tests and assessments to ensure you achieve certain pre-set standards of skill and competence during the course of your apprenticeship. The normal duration of apprenticeships under the Standards-Based System will be 4 years.

What are its benefits for you?
To help you achieve the necessary standards; the apprenticeship comprises phases of on-the-job training with your employer and off-the-job training normally
in FÁS Training Centers.During the apprenticeship you will receive an apprentice wage/training allowance. On successful completion of the apprenticeship,
you will receive a National Craft Certificate, recognised in Ireland, as well as other EU and non EU countries.

What are the minimum entry requirements?
In order for an employer to register you as an apprentice you must be at least 16 years old and have at least a grade D in any 5 subjects in the Junior Certificate (or
equivalent grades in other approved examinations). If you do not meet the educational requirement there are other ways in which it is possible to qualify for a job as an apprentice - this information can be obtained from your local FAS office..

Trades covered by the SchemeStandards-Based Apprenticeship applies to the following trades:

Carton Maker*
Vehicle Body Repairer*
Aircraft Mechanic*
Construction Plant Fitter*
Heavy Vehicle Mechanic*
Instrumentation Craftsperson*
Floor/Wall Tiler
Stonecutter Wood Machinist
Cabinet Maker
Brick/Stone Layer
Sheet Metal Worker
Agricultural Mechanic*
Refrigeration Craftsperson*
Metal Fabricator
Motor Mechanic*

A person wishing to become an apprentice in one of the above trades marked * must pass a colour-vision test approved by FÁS.

Successful completion of new Standards-Based Apprenticeship is a compulsory requirement for recognition as a Craftsperson in the trades listed above.

Castlebar FÁS Office
Humbert Mall
Main Street
Co. Mayo
Ph.: 094 22011