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Applications are now officially open for the Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Electrical Engineering (Apprenticeship) Level 7 Programme. This is a real opportunity for qualified electricians that wish to upskill and acquire advanced knowledge to enable a move into an engineering role in Industry. The course is a 2 year employer-led apprenticeship with 70% of the learners time spent on the job.

Locations;

Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (formerly Limerick Institute of Technology) – Moylish Campus (two 15 week blocks spent at the TUS).

Technological University Dublin – Tallaght Campus (1 day per week).

Employer Grants;

Effective from January 2022, an annual base grant will be paid to employers that employ apprentices in one of the 37 apprenticeships which have been established since 2016. The grant will be paid for each eligible registered apprentice during their employment with a company.

What are the benefits for your organisation?

· The blend of full time and work based modules means that your apprentice can remain working in their current role for the duration of the 24-month apprenticeship contract.

· An apprentice will be assigned an academic supervisor from TUS/TUDT and at all stages of the 24 month programme will have the support of the academic staff and services of the Institute.

· The work based projects which are undertaken during the apprenticeship are intended to deliver significant value to your company.

Minimum entry requirements;

This programme is primarily designed as a progression pathway for qualified Electricians, the minimum entry requirements are outlined below:

a. Holder of the Advanced Certificate (Level 6) in Craft (Electrical)

b. Holder of the Advanced Certificate (Level 6) in Craft (Electrical/Instrumentation) or Craft (Refrigeration)

c. Holder of the TUS Midwest Higher Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 6), or a cognate Level 6 Electrical Certificate, with relevant industrial electrical Experience

d. Registered Electrician with qualifications (National Craft Certificate / Senior Trades) other than in (a) or (b) above, can apply for access through the TUS Midwest recognition of prior learning process

e. Candidates with other technical /electrical qualifications equivalent to the TUS Midwest Level 6 Certificate in Electrical Technology and relevant industrial electrical experience can apply for access through the TUS Midwest recognition of prior learning process

How to Apply;

For further information contact: Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Tel: 061 293318 / 061 293183

Email: electricalapprenticeship@lit.ie

The programmes is scheduled commence in early September 2022.

APPRENTICE ELECTRICIAN

  • Do you enjoy problem-solving ?
  • Like working with your hands ?
  • Have a keen attention to detail ?

Why not consider a varied, rewarding and pensionable career as an electrician ?

On completion of a four-year apprenticeship, you will become a fully qualified electrician, with a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Electrical and allows you to go on for an electrical engineering degree.

You may then choose to either work as an electrician with a range of employers or work in a self-employed capacity.

The role of an electrician can be a very varied and exciting one. It offers plenty of opportunities for you to work in both domestic and industrial spaces.

As well as being a fast-paced and important job, average salaries are also pretty impressive across the industry.

In 2022, the average wage of a fully qualified electrician in Ireland was around €48,000, with the possibility to be even higher in more technical positions.

Even an apprentice can earn a decent average wage of around €30,000 a year, depending on several factors, including where you live and work.

Many apprentices use their apprenticeship qualification as a platform to launch careers such as engineers, managers, business owners, teachers and instructors amongst others.

Taking all of this into account, it’s easy to see why you might be attracted to the electrical industry and why you might be considering steering your career in this direction.

 

ARE YOU QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN – Looking for employment / a move or looking for advice ?

To find out more contact

AECI (Association of Electrical Contractors of Ireland) @ 01-6102715 or info@aeci.ie 

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AECI delegates recently had a very successful meeting with Minister Simon Harris in relation to SOLAS and the major backlog of courses for apprentices which has caused major problems for employers. This meeting was organised by our President Colm Walsh.  Fine Gael Councillor Ray McAdam was also present at the meeting.  Minister Harris has promised to see that AECI have a representative with SOLAS and will be keeping the pressure on SOLAS to release roadblocks and get apprentices back on course.
See below encouraging press release.
 
 
26 March 2021
 
Minister Harris and Minister Collins announce €20 million capital funding to expand apprenticeship provision across further and higher education
 
Funding is aimed at increasing the capacity to deliver off-the-job training in craft apprenticeship across the country
 
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins TD have today (Friday) announced the roll-out of €20 million in capital funding to respond to the growing demand for apprenticeships.
 
The funding will allow for a significant expansion in electrical, plumbing and carpentry places, and additional COVID-19-related capacity in electrical, plumbing, hairdressing and pipefitting places.
 
Minister Harris said: “Today’s investment of €20 million, to be provided via SOLAS and the Higher Education Authority (HEA), will fund the delivery of almost 4,000 additional craft apprentice places annually across further and higher education – helping to catch up on the lost provision in 2020, and to support the target increase of 1,450 registrations across all apprenticeships in 2021.
 
“This investment reaffirms the Government’s strong commitment to enhancing and expanding the apprenticeship system. Access to cutting edge equipment is key to positioning apprenticeships as a valued and attractive path to sought-after qualifications. A strong pipeline of craft apprentices is also critical in sustaining the construction sector and delivering on our ambitious national infrastructure plans.”
 
“The Government will shortly consider a new Action Plan for Apprenticeships. It will set out new ways of structuring, funding and promoting apprenticeships, with a target of 10,000 new apprenticeship registrations per year by 2025. This compares with a 2019 registration figure of 6,177. We have huge ambitions in this area.”
 
Minister Collins said: “As with other parts of our education and training system, the apprenticeship system experienced significant disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By supporting additional apprenticeship places, the investment announced today will go some way towards mitigating the impacts of the pandemic, including requirements for smaller class sizes due to social distancing, and will also facilitate expansion for the longer term.”
 
“The forthcoming Action Plan will set out to place apprenticeships at the centre of the education and training system, increase the attractiveness of the programme to employers and learners of all ages, and ensure that the apprentice population is reflective of the general workforce in respect of diversity as well.”
 
The expansion of the national apprenticeship system has been a key Government priority since 2016.
 
Craft apprenticeship is currently being delivered using blended learning, due to the extended Level 5 restrictions; however, a phased return to onsite training has begun in recent weeks.
 
The €20m will be allocated by SOLAS and the HEA across Education and Training Boards (ETBs), Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities.
 
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Notes to the Editor
 
SOLAS and the HEA will each be allocated €10m in 2021 for apprenticeship capital investment. SOLAS and the HEA will determine how the funding will be allocated across apprenticeship programmes and providers. However, the immediate focus will be on expansion of capacity in the areas of electrical and plumbing.
 
Apprenticeship programme
 
Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education and training institution. An apprenticeship prepares participants for a specific occupation and leads to a qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.
 
Phase 2 off-the-job training is provided by the ETBs, under the oversight of SOLAS, with Phases 4 and 6 delivered by the Technological Universities/Institutes of Technology, under the oversight of the HEA. .
 
As of 31 January 2021, 19,773 apprentices are in training, employed by over 7,200 employers on 60 different apprenticeship programmes.
 
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Press Office
 
 
An Roinn Breisoideachais agus Ardoideachais, Taighde, Nuálaíochta agus Eolaíochta
Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
Sráid Maoilbhríde, Baile Átha Cliath, D01 RC96.
Marlborough Street, Dublin, D01 RC96.
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Dear craft apprentice

 

This is a follow up to our email to you last Friday. Apprentices are a priority group in education over the coming weeks. This week, over 250 craft apprentices returned to ETB Training Centres around the country to complete their off-the-job training. Further groups of craft apprentices are due to return this month on a phased basis to ETB Training Centres, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities. Detailed planning on return is happening in order to enable all craft apprentices currently on off-the-job training to complete their phase as soon as possible. A phased return is essential to reduce the risk while the Covid-19 virus is still in the community and the vaccination programme is still at an early stage.

We have written to your employer to let them know that your training phase will finish some weeks later than originally planned. We do not yet have the date of completion of your training phase. As soon as we have this your employer will be informed.

 

Some apprentices will have heard from their craft apprenticeship training provider and SOLAS on when they are scheduled to return onsite to complete practical training and assessment. If you have not already heard, you will be informed as soon as the information is available.

 

On behalf of SOLAS, HEA and all of the training providers thank you once again for your patience and resilience during this difficult time. We will be in contact again next week.

 

SOLAS and HEA, 05 March 2021

 

Dear craft apprentice employer

 

This is a follow up to our email to you last Friday. Apprentices are a priority group in education over the coming weeks. This week, over 250 craft apprentices returned to ETB Training Centres around the country to complete their off-the-job training. Further groups of craft apprentices are due to return this month on a phased basis to ETB Training Centres, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities. Detailed planning on return is in train in order to enable all craft apprentices to complete their phase of training and return to the workplace as soon as possible. In line with the public health guidelines, a phased return is essential to reduce the risk while the Covid-19 virus is still in the community and the vaccination programme is still at an early stage.

 

From next week onwards we will be contacting employers on when apprentices are scheduled to complete their training and return to the workplace.

 

We know that delayed return of your apprentice(s) to the workplace is problematic for you and we appreciate your understanding and patience over the coming weeks while affected apprentices complete their current phase of training. Thank you for your support.

 

Best wishes and regards

 

SOLAS and HEA, 05 March 2021