Career Guidance

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Apprenticeships with the Office of Public Works (OPW)

The OPW run a 4-year Apprenticeship Programme in a wide range of areas, such as the following:

* Craft Stonemason and Stonecutter in National Monuments Depots, Nationwide

* Craft Carpenter and Joiner in National Monuments Depots, Nationwide

* Craft Carpenter and Joiner in Building Maintenance Service, Dublin

* Craft Wood Manufacturer and Finisher, Furniture Branch, Dublin

* Craft Construction Plant Fitter, Drainage Divisions, Nationwide

* Craft Metal Fabricator, Central Engineering Works, Dublin

Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

Apprenticeship training comprises the following:

 - on-the-job training on location

 - off-the-job day or block release training at a SOLAS Training Centre, an Institute of Technology, or a College of Further Education

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, visit the Solas website, . to learn more.


It is important to note that exemptions are a seperate matter to supplying HEIs with information about a disability or specific learning difficulty. 

If an applicant, for any reason, is seeking exemptions from minimum entry requirements (e.g. exemptions from Irish or modern language requirements) then they should contact the Admissions Offices of the Hgher Education Institutions they are applying to (or, in the case of NUI institutions they should apply to the NUI without delay and no later than 21 days after opening their CAO account - see for details).

Applicants must make arrangements for exemptions each year they apply.