Apprenticeship Training Allowances

Apprentice Training Allowances (Gross Wage Norms)

Training allowances for apprentices are calculated with reference to gross wage norms payable in industry for the different trade sectors. The actual allowance received will generally be less as it is based on the net take home pay calculated based on the Gross Wage Norm.

For apprenticeships developed before 2016, a training allowance is paid by the local ETB to apprentices while attending off-the-job training. In some cases, a contribution towards travel or accommodation costs may be paid if deemed eligible. The sector the apprentice's employer is engaged in will determine the allowance payable. These allowances are calculated on the gross wages paid by industry in each sector. The amount the apprentice gets will generally be less than that, as it is based on the net take-home pay of the relevant sector. The weekly gross wage norms for different industries are listed below.

  • Engineering Industry
  • Construction Industry
  • Motor Industry
  • Printing and Paper Industry (3 year cycle)
  • Electrical Industry (Trade 46). 

Engineering

Effective: 1 July 2016

Year Gross Wage Norm
Phase 2 €202.71
Phase 4 €304.29
Phase 6 €451.26
4th Year €545.70

Construction

Construction rates advised by C.I.F – Effective: 04 February 2011

Year Gross Wage Norm
Phase 2 €223.47
Phase 4 €335.79
Phase 6 €503.49
4th Year €604.11

Motor

Motor rates advised by S.I.M.I - Effective: 01 May 2008

Year Gross Wage Norm
Phase 2 €195.25
Phase 4 €293.17
Phase 6 €439.75
4th Year €527.70

Printing and Paper

Three Year Cycle

Year Gross Wage Norm
Year 1 €323.63
Year 2 €345.21
Year 3 €388.36

Four Year Cycle

Year Gross Wage Norm
Phase 2 €143.68
Phase 4 €215.75
Phase 6 €323.61
4th Year €388.36

Note: Printing Rates advised by I.M.P.A. 

Effective: 01 November 2007

Electrical Industry (Trade 46)

  • Electrician rates advised by T.E.E.U. - Effective: 01 January 2017
  • Employed by Electrical Contracting Firms (Industry 04/01/016) and electrical apprentices in ESB
  • Only these apprentices are entitled to the electrician apprentice rates
Year Gross Wage Norm
Phase 2 €254.67
Phase 4 €381.81
Phase 6 €551.85
4th Year €678.99
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