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
in FÁS Training Centers.During the apprenticeship you will receive
an apprentice wage/training allowance. On successful completion of the
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:
Vehicle Body Repairer*
Construction Plant Fitter*
Heavy Vehicle Mechanic*
Stonecutter Wood Machinist
Sheet Metal Worker
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
Ph.: 094 22011