Apprenticeship applies to the following crafts:


  • Agricultural Mechanics
  • Aircraft Mechanics
  • Brick & Stonelaying
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Construction Plant Fitting
  • Electrical
  • Electrical Instrumentation
  • Electronic Security Systems
  • Farriery
  • Floor & Wall Tiling
  • Heavy Vehicle Mechanics
  • Industrial Insulation
  • Industrial electrical Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Insurance Practice
  • Mechanical Automation & Maintenance Fitting
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Motor Mechanics
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Pipefitting
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Print Media
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
  • Sheet Metalworking
  • Stonecutting & Stonemasonry
  • Toolmaking
  • Vehicle Body Repairs
  • Wood Manufacturing & Finishing


 Louth and Meath Contacts

Liz Dullaghan, Senior Training Advisor
Joseph Fee, Senior Training Adviser
Elma McMahon, Senior Training Adviser
Regional Skills and Training Centre,
Louth and Meath Education and Training Board
Coes Road
Co Louth

Telephone: 042 935 5700
Facebook: RSTC Regional Skills & Training Centre Dundalk


What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland. Apprenticeship is a standard based Education and Training Programme

The Apprenticeship system typically consists of 3 off-the-job phases and 4 on-the-job phases. Generally the duration of an Apprenticeship is 4 years.

You must first obtain employment as an Apprentice in your chosen trade with a company based in Louth or Meath. During your apprenticeship you will be required to follow a specific course of Training and undergo a series of assessments to confirm that you have reached the required Industry Standard.

Entry Requirements

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.

The minimum educational requirements are:

1.      Grade D in five subjects in the Department of Education & Skills Junior Certificate Examination or an approved equivalent.


The successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course


Three years’ work experience gained over sixteen years of age in a relevant designated industrial activity as SOLAS shall deem acceptable.


2.      You must obtain employment as an apprentice in your chosen occupation. Your employer must be approved to train apprentices and must register you as an apprentice within 2 weeks of recruitment.

In certain crafts, apprenticeship applicants are required to pass a colour vision test approved by SOLAS. SOLAS has statutory responsibility under the Industrial Training Act 1967 for the Administration and Management of the Apprenticeship Programme.


Further Information

For further information on becoming or employing an Apprentice please contact our Apprenticeship Services on 042 935 5700