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Consultation Process Launched

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has launched a consultation process on the next national action plan for apprenticeship. Download consultation paper here.

Submissions in response to the consultation paper are invited via email to by Friday 18 September 2020.

Mobilising Apprenticeship in 2020

 Mobilising Apprenticeship in 2020

Apprenticeship Jobs Portal

The Apprenticeship Jobs Portal is available at and is a free service for employers who are approved by SOLAS to employ apprentices.
Employers who sign up to Apprenticeship Jobs also get access to real-time information on their current apprentices. 

Employer Guide


Central to Skills Development in Ireland Booklet

Click Here to view Central to Skills Development in Ireland Booklet


Apprenticeships in Development

Please find a list of Apprenticeships in Development on page 3 of the following listing : List of Apprenticeships


Generation Apprenticeship Showcase and 2019-2020 Competition Launch Event

Winners from the 2019 World Skills and from the 2018 and 2019 Generation Apprenticeship competitions will be at the event, with the stunning 2018 and 2019 A sculptures on display.  Following an approach by a number of big employers, the event is also accommodating an Employer-Apprentice fair for 25+ employers across the full range of apprenticeship programmes who wish to recruit apprentices during 2019-2020. There is still some stand spaces available so if you are an employer/know of an employer who wishes to meet potential apprentices, please forward the attached 'Invitation(Aviva)Employers' flyer. Taking a stand is free-of-charge, all that is required is that employers contact and follow up contact will be made.


Via ESB Networks a large number of prospective apprentices have been invited to the Aviva on 26 September, see second attached invitation. This is open to anyone who is interested in meeting employers and current apprentices, so again grateful if you can forward/share with your networks over the coming days in advance of the 26th. We are promoting widely via social media, so please like, share, retweet etc on Twitter, Facebook and Insta.


Looking forward to seeing you at the Aviva for what promises to be a very exciting #Generation Apprenticeship day! If you have not already done so please RSVP by return to   

Invitation AVIVA Generation Apprenticeship

Invitation Employers 26 September Aviva

Higher Options 18 - 20 September

The Higher Options event which is organised by the Irish Times takes place every year in the RDS. It is Ireland's largest expo for second level students who are considering their post-secondary education with over 25,000 students attending over the three days. This year there will be a dedicated 'Skills Village' which will feature exhibition stands, a Skills Demonstration Area and a Skills Talk Dome which will host dedicated panel discussions about apprenticeship and skills development topics.


Ploughing Championships 17th - 19th September, Carlow

More information is available here:


Review of Pathways to Participation in Apprenticeship

The 2016-2020 Action Plan for Apprenticeship and Traineeship included a commitment to review pathways to participation in apprenticeship in Ireland. The review was carried out during Q1-Q2 2018. This document presents the findings from the review and next steps to support and promote maximum diversity in the Irish apprentice population as it grows to 2020 and beyond.

Click for further information [PDF] Review of pathways to participation in apprenticeship


Apprenticeship Council and ESB launch Generation Apprenticeship Taster Times


Apprenticeship Council and ESB launch Generation Apprenticeship Taster Times

  • Launch of apprenticeship 'Taster Times' sessions as part of the Generation Apprenticeship competition
  • Opportunity for members of the public to discover more about apprenticeship programmes


The Generation Apprenticeship competition has been established to promote and celebrate the best teamwork, leadership, creativity and problem-solving skills of Ireland's apprentices. More than 70 apprentices, supported by more than 100 companies, are competing in this year's competition.


The taster sessions are a new addition to this year's programme and will be a great way for the general public to see what an apprenticeship is like in practice and what opportunities they offer. The 2019 finalists and the companies that are supporting them are joining together to provide the sessions in various locations across Ireland. They will give the general public the opportunity to chat with the Generation Apprenticeship competitors and their supporters and see the many different types of industries that offer apprenticeships in addition to the more well-known ones.


The taster sessions will be held in 11 different locations around the country including Limerick, Dublin, Kerry, Shannon, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Athlone. The first taster session will take place in the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board's Shannon Campus on Friday 15th March at 10am where they will also unveil their entry for the competition. Full details of the taster sessions can be found at


Speaking about the competition, co-sponsor Paul Mulvaney, Executive Director, Customer Delivery, ESB Networks said: "ESB is proud to support the work of the Apprenticeship Council, SOLAS and events such as Generation Apprenticeship, encouraging Ireland's apprentices in creativity, problem solving and innovation. We are delighted to be hosting a Taster Session at our offices in East Wall Road, Dublin where ESB Networks Apprentices will give an insight into the world of building and maintaining the electricity system of the future."


Career changer and ESB apprentice Laura Hanrahan is completing her off-the-job Electrical training at Shannon. "I was working in retail and I had already completed 4 years at college and I couldn't get a fulltime job. Taking the apprenticeship route means you learn all about working life, pick up vital skills, and are work-ready from the moment you finish. In addition to learning facts and procedures, apprenticeship is also about gaining much sought-after transferable skills, including adaptability, independent thinking, teamwork and problem-solving – skills I will be able to use in all areas of life, and take with me to any number of other job roles as my career develops."


"In Ireland, apprenticeship is already a first choice for over 15,000 people of all ages and backgrounds, career changers as well as school leavers completing their chosen award." said Mary-Liz Trant, Executive Director for Skills Development at SOLAS. "Ongoing curriculum reform in craft apprenticeships is diversifying high-quality career options across the Engineering, Electrical, Construction and Motor industries. Apprenticeship is meeting the needs of new and modern types of jobs such as Data Analyst, Aviation Engineer, Software Developer, Chefs and many more. Highly paid roles across Insurance, Logistics, Auctioneering and International Financial Services are just a few of the new careers accessible through apprenticeship today. Apprenticeship offers a huge range of opportunities for anyone who wants to continue learning, at any stage of life.

 To find a taster session near you and to chat to our Generation Apprenticeship finalists go to

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Pictured left to right:

Paul Mulvaney, Executive Director, Customer Delivery, ESB Networks

Laura Hanrahan, ESB Electrical Apprentice and 2019 Generation Apprenticeship Competition Finalist   

Mark Fitzgerald, Designer Group Plumbing Apprentice,  2018 Generation Apprenticeship Competition Winner and 2019 Finalist

Dr Mary-Liz Trant, Executive Director Skills Development, SOLAS


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Mark Fitzgerald, Designer Group Plumbing Apprentice,  2018 Generation Apprenticeship Competition Winner and 2019 Finalist

Laura Hanrahan, ESB Electrical Apprentice and 2019 Generation Apprenticeship Competition Finalist

Dr Mary-Liz Trant, Executive Director Skills Development, SOLAS

Brendan Kearns, Training Director, Designer Group

Paul Mulvaney, Executive Director, Customer Delivery, ESB Networks


Ireland Skills Live 21 - 23 March RDS

Ireland Skills Live is a hugely exciting event about to happen for the 1st time ever in Ireland, showcasing World Skills, Apprenticeship and the wider Skills opportunities across Ireland – 'Ireland Skills Live' which is taking place in the RDS on Thursday 21st March, Friday 22nd March and Saturday 23rd March.  

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Call for Apprenticeship Proposals now closed

The 2017 Call for Apprenticeship Proposals was launched on the 04 May 2017 and closed at 17:00 on Friday 01 September.

Generation Apprenticeship is a major expansion project to more than double the number of learners taking the apprenticeship route.

Proposals were assessed during September-October 2017.

On the 8th December 2017, 26 successful proposals were approved for further development

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