Waterford and Wexford Training Centre delivers a variety of apprenticeships through our purpose built facilities. Our experienced staff are highly skilled and capable of supporting you on your journey to becoming a fully qualified craftsperson.

Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland.  Apprenticeship involves a combination of learning in the classroom and on-the-job training and aims to develop the skills of the apprentice to meet the needs of industry and the labour market. Download an Apprenticeship Information Brochure.


An apprenticeship is the recognised pathway to becoming a qualified craftsperson.  Apprenticeships are designed for people who are working in their chosen craft and learning from someone who is qualified in their field and recognised by ETB as an official trainer. Apprenticeships are usually four years long and are taught in phases of, learning in the classroom, and on-the-job training.

The aim of an apprenticeship is to develop the skills of the apprentice to meet industry standards. The industry of the craft agree to, and determined, the curriculum for each apprenticeship programme. If you are successful in completing an apprenticeship you will receive a FETAC Advanced Certificate, this is an internationally recognised qualification for a craftsperson. Once you have this qualification you may also be eligible to enter into related degree programmes provided by Institutes of Technology.


During on-the-job training an apprentice is paid the agreed Industrial Apprentice Wage Rate by the employer (this rate may vary depending on the occupation and employer). Rates are usually based on an annual salary and increase during the apprenticeship, however make sure you check these details with your prospective employer.

When the apprentice is learning off the job they are paid an Apprentice Allowance by ETB and, where appropriate, a contribution towards travel or accommodation costs.

The Apprentice Role

•    Within two weeks of gaining employment in your craft you must ensure you are registered as an apprentice with SOLAS
•    Attend all off-the-job training scheduled by SOLAS
•    Return all on the-job results to your local ETB Training Centre.

Your training cannot progress unless all on-the-job and off-the-job assessments have been successfully completed.


The Employer's Role

•    Register the apprentice with ETB within two weeks of recruitment
•    Provide the apprentice with the opportunities to learn the required work of the occupation
•    Comply with the statutory obligations under the Industrial Training Act 1967 the Labour Services Act, 1987
•    Comply with the statutory obligations under Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005
•    Comply with the statutory obligations under the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2004 and all relevant employment legislation
•    Comply with the statutory obligations under the Qualifications Act, 1999
•    Follow the craft curriculum and train and assess your apprentice in the skills, knowledge and competency as specified in the craft curriculum
•    Return the apprentice’s on-the-job training phase results to ETB within the specified time
•    Release apprentices to attend their off-the-job training phase when scheduled by ETB.