World Skills Ireland 2022 is a partnership between enterprise, industry, education, training and government that raises the profile and recognition of skills and apprenticeships and prepares the talent of today for the careers of the future.

Believing that ‘skills drive the future’, World Skills know that choosing careers is one of the most important decisions a young person will make. So where do young students go to get hands-on experience and learn about skills-based careers?

Introducing Worldskills Ireland.

We are Generation Apprenticeship

We are school leavers, older learners, career changers, women and men with diverse backgrounds, talents and abilities – A central route to skills development in Ireland.

An apprenticeship is the recognised way people are trained in a craft trade or profession. The main craft trades and professions have been designated by SOLAS and come within the scope of the Statutory Apprenticeship system, which is organised by SOLAS in co-operation with the Department of Further and Higher, Research, Innovation and Science, employers and unions. An Apprenticeship Council is also in place.

An apprenticeship provides on-the-job training with an employer. It usually alternates between off-the-job training in an education centre and on-the-job training at your employer’s workplace. An apprenticeship generally lasts for 2 to 4 years, during which time you will spend different periods in off-the-job training.

Apprenticeships are availble in the following fields:

  • Arboriculture
  • Biopharma
  • Construction
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Hair
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality and Food
  • ICT
  • Insurance
  • Logistics
  • Motor
  • Property Services
  • Recruitment
  • Sales
  • Agriculture
  • Equine
  • Horticulture

There are currently 66 Apprenticeships available in Ireland, click HERE for a complete list of current Apprenticeships (September 2022 Listing)

     

    National Commis Chef Apprenticeship

    • Location: Wicklow
    • Duration: 2 Years
    • Aims: The Commis Chef Apprenticeship is the starting point for a career as a professional chef. It is a formal structured two year education and training programme incorporating periods of off the job and on the job training. Apprentices will develop the underpinning theory, science and culinary skills in Marine House and refine and perfect these competencies to a professional standard while working under the direction of qualified and experienced chefs in the kitchens of SOLAS approved hotels and restaurants.

    Have questions about Apprenticeships?

    Please email apprenticeship@kwetb.ie or call 087-096 7146 and our apprenticeship team would be delighted to answer any questions that you have.

    How is a traineeship different to an apprenticeship?

    A Traineeship combines learning in the classroom and experience in the workplace to improve employment outcomes for learners.

    Traineeships:

     

    • Lead to an award at NFQ Levels 4-6, or equivalent
    • Are between 6-20 months in duration (significantly shorter than apprenticeship programmes)
    • Include at least 30% of learning on-the-job
    • Combine transversal and technical skills development
    • Are designed for flexible delivery – online, face-to-face, blended learning
    • Provide open access to prospective learners, unemployed people may be eligible for income support
    • Respond to an identified industry skills need

    Traineeship in Professional Artisan Bakery

    • Location: Kilcullen, Co. Kildare
    • Duration: 24 weeks
    • Objective: Learn the basics to becoming a professional artisan baker, identifying and weighing of ingredients, making dough, developing and shaping dough, making laminated pastry products, and finishing baked products.

    Culinary Skills Traineeship

    • Location: Wicklow and Kildare
    • Duration: 24 weeks
    • Aim: The aim of this programme is to provide the learner with basic culinary skills and related knowledge to work in the catering sector including restaurants, hotels, bars and café bistros.

    Manufacturing Technician Traineeship

    • Location: Celbridge, Co. Kildare
    • Duration: 42 weeks, full time, blended learning (classroom & online) plus 10 weeks working in-company
    • Objective: To develop operational competence in the broad field of maintenance of industrial mechanical and electrical systems
    • Prior Knowledge: No technical knowledge is assumed prior to course start
    • Accreditation: QQI Level 6 Major Award in Maintenance Skills Technology

    Pneumatics Technician Traineeship

    • Location: Celbridge, Co. Kildare
    • Duration: 42 weeks, full time, blended learning (classroom & online) plus 10 weeks working in-company
    • Objective: To develop operational competence in the broad field of pneumatics and maintenance of industrial mechanical and electrical systems.
    • Prior Knowledge: No technical knowledge is assumed prior to course start
    • Accreditation: QQI Level 6 Major Award in Maintenance Skills Technology

    Universal Robots (UR) Training

    • Location: Celbridge, Co. Kildare and Wicklow Town
    • Duration: 2 days (core), 3 days (advanced), duration depending on prior experience
    • Objective: The Universal Robots Operator Core Training gives the learner the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of a real cobot and learn the basic skills for programming. The learner will learn how to program various applications in training cells under realistic conditions. Core Training focuses on the programming of the cobot and does not primarily focus on the operation and handing of the robot. Advanced Training gives the learner the opportunity to deepen their knowledge acquired in Universal Robots Core Training
    • Prior Knowledge: For core training, no prior knowledge of robots/cobots is required. Advanced training requires successful completion of core training