An employer agrees to employ and train an apprentice in the skills and techniques of their chosen occupation.
How do Employers Benefit?
The Apprenticeship programme is carefully designed to meet the current and future needs of industry
All apprenticeships are based on uniform, pre-specified, industry agreed standards
Employers agree to:
Recruit and employ the apprentice
Register the apprentice within two weeks of recruitment
Comply with the employer obligations under the Apprenticeship Code of Practice
Provide a safe work environment in compliance with the statutory obligations under Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
Comply with the statutory obligations under the Industrial Training Act 1967, S.I. 168/1997 Apprenticeship Rules
Comply with the statutory obligations under the Qualifications and Quality Assurance Acts (Education & Training Act 2012) and all relevant employment legislation
Train and assess the apprentice in the skills, knowledge and competence specified in the craft curriculum
Return the results of the apprentice's on-the-job training within the specified time
Release the apprentice to the statutory off-the-job training when scheduled
Pay apprentices on new apprenticeships for the duration of the apprenticeship (on-the-job and off-the-job)
Become an Approved Apprentice Employer
You must be approved before recruiting and registering an apprentice. To do that, contact your local Training Adviser in the Apprenticeship section of your nearest Education and Training Board (ETB). The Advisor will give you all the relevant information and carry out a company assessment.
SOLAS is responsible for approving employers and registering apprentices; this is undertaken on SOLAS’s behalf by Advisers located in ETBs throughout the country. Contact your local ETB
Female Apprentice Bursary
To encourage companies to employ female apprentices, a special female apprentice bursary may be paid to qualifying companies wishing to train apprentices in specific occupations. Contact your
local ETB or the contact for the occupation in which you wish to train apprentices to find out if this applies.
The bursary of €2,666.44 is paid towards wages by the ETB. It is broken down into €95.23 per week for 28 weeks.
For craft apprenticeships the bursary is paid in two instalments. The first is paid after phase one of on-the-job training. It is calculated on the number of weeks in that phase, at €95.23 per week.
The second instalment is paid at the end of phase three when the apprentice has completed the balance of the 28 weeks.
Code of Practice
Click to view the Code of Practice.