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  1. 1. Standards Based Apprentice- ships
  2. 2. What is an apprentice? An apprentice is a person who works for an employer in a chosen occupation and gains the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to become a qualified craftsperson.
  3. 3. Coordinated and managed by Department of Education and Science SOLAS Employers and Unions
  4. 4. Types of Apprenticeships Agricultural Mechanics Aircraft Mechanics Brick and Stonelaying Carpentry & Joinery Construction Plant Fitting Electrical Plastering Plumbing Electrical Instrumentation Electronic Security Systems Farriery Floor & Wall Tiling Heavy Vehicle Mechanics Vehicle Body Repairs Wood Manufacturing and Finishing
  5. 5. Industrial Insulation Instrumentation Mechanical Automation Metal Fabrication Motor Mechanics Painting & Decorating Pipefitting Print Media Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Stonecutting & Stonemasonry Sheet Metalworking Toolmaking Types of Apprenticeships
  6. 6. The apprenticeship will involve both off-the- job training and on-the-job training at your employer's workplace.
  7. 7. An apprenticeship generally lasts for 4 years, You will spend 3 different periods in off-the-job training, totalling 40 weeks in all.
  8. 8. This training will take place in a Training Centre or in an educational college.
  9. 9. Each apprenticeship programme is based on specific skills and standards of that particular field.
  10. 10. In order to pass the apprenticeship you must meet these standards.
  11. 11. Criteria for becoming an apprentice: Be at least 16.
  12. 12. Criteria for becoming an apprentice: Have a minimum of five D grades in the Junior Cert or equivalent (QQI Level 3) Some employers require more than this.
  13. 13. Criteria for becoming an apprentice You must obtain employment as an apprentice in your chosen trade. Your employer must be approved to train apprentices and must register you as an apprentice within 2 weeks of recruitment
  14. 14. Assessment Will include written modular work and practical assessments.
  15. 15. Assessment Your apprenticeship will be stopped if you fail to pass the modular assessments four times.
  16. 16. Assessment On successful completion of an apprenticeship, a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate is awarded.
  17. 17. Once an apprentice you may then be eligible for further study on a related degree provided by ITs around the country.
  18. 18. Assessment: This is recognised internationally as the requirement for craftsperson status.
  19. 19. Allowances Participants of the majority of SOLAS training courses are eligible for different allowances In other words, you get paid to learn.
  20. 20. The main allowances are given for the course participants' Training, Travel, Accommodation and Meals, and Childcare. Allowances
  21. 21. If all this seems like something you’d be interested in, visit the SOLAS website to find out more
  22. 22. Next slide has a 2min video about the Motor Mechanic Training in Kerry ETB