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SOLAS has the responsibility of managing the Apprenticeship programme nationally and Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) has the responsibility of administrating and managing apprenticeship within counties Cavan and Monaghan.

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What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople and the apprentice must first obtain employment in their chosen craft with an approved employer. Apprenticeship is a modular, standards based education and training programme. It comprises of alternating phases of on the job and off the job training. The duration of the apprenticeship is determined by the chosen craft and it’s educational and development needs.

New Apprenticeship Programmes are designed by industry-led groups, supporting growth and competitiveness. Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board are working closely with local employers to deliver Apprenticeship Training and Support Services and to develop new Apprenticeships to meet the demands of local industry. This collaboration also supports the continued growth and development of traditional Trade Apprenticeships to meet changing Industry demands.

Apprenticeship Programmes Available in MI

  • ATI-Accounting Technician
  • Electrical Training Programme – Phase 2
  • Original Equipment Manufacturing

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Further Information

To find out more about Apprenticeships, contact:

Caroline Flanagan
Senior Training Advisor
Tel: 049-4331044

Irene Mc Avinue
Tel: 049-4353922

Email: apprenticeships@cmetb.ie
Website: http://www.apprenticeship.ie

- Learn About Apprenticeships

SOLAS has the responsibility of managing the Apprenticeship programme nationally and Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) has the responsibility of administrating and managing apprenticeship within counties Cavan and Monaghan.

- Learn About Apprenticeships

Fees NIL

There are no fees associated with Apprenticeship Programmes as they are fully funded by SOLAS

- Learn About Apprenticeships

Career Prospects

Graduates of apprenticeship programmes will provide industry with suitable employees who have the potential to progress into supervisory or management roles, to contribute to the development of the sector, and to respond to emerging sectoral developments.

Degree Progression

Graduates are eligible to apply for entry to a range of degree programmes in the third level sector. For further information on progression routes, please contact the Programme Manager.

Level 6 Apprenticeship – Accounting Technician (Advanced Certificate in Accounting)

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a new pathway to a career in business, accountancy and finance, where apprentices are mentored through a two-year, work-based learning programme.

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What is the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship?

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a two-year, work-based learning programme which leads to a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting.

Places are awarded via a competitive interview process, where applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria (see below) are put forward to participating employers for consideration. If you are successful at interview stage, your new employer will issue you with a two-year contract and you start your apprenticeship in September 2019.

You will work four days a week in an office environment, and study one day a week at Monaghan Institute. You will be paid a salary of at least €18k a year, and enjoy fully funded college tuition fees.

You will emerge from the programme with a valuable qualification, which is strengthened by two years of practical work experience in accounting and finance.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for membership of ATI, the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians in Ireland and the provider of the highly sought-after MIATI designation.

What does an Accounting Technician do?

Maintaining a set of accounts is a fundamental element of any business from a sole trader to large multinationals.

An Accounting Technician supports all elements of accounts function, including income and expenditure, balance sheet transactions, statutory returns and payroll requirements.

The Accounting Technician is concerned with bookkeeping, and processes all accounts payable and receivable in order to prepare, or support the preparation of, periodic accounts. They record and monitor income and expenditure including accrued and deferred income.

The Accounting Technician completes regular bank reconciliations and accounts for/completes statutory returns. Regular analysis and reports are undertaken to contribute to producing accounts.

The Accounting Technician produces management accounts and supplies vital financial information as to the running of the Company. They have the ability to do costing and cost controls.

The Accounting Technician prepares company annual budgets and monitors the progress of this throughout the year. They prepare, or assist in the preparation of, company year-end financial statements.

Is this programme for me?

Motivation

Firstly, you should have a clear motivation to become an Accounting Technician and develop a career in accountancy. It is important to consider why you are interested in the programme, and what is it about accounting that appeals to you as a career path!

To succeed at interview stage, you must also be able to demonstrate:

  • Motivation to learn and achieve.
  • Dedicated class and work attendance.
  • Proficient time management.
  • Reliability when on the job.
  • Professional etiquette.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and use your own initiative.

Eligibility Criteria

The minimum eligibility criteria are as follows:

Leaving Cert students and applicants under 23

Leaving Certificate students should have at least 310 CAO points and at least an O5 grade in English and Maths or Accountancy. If you are sitting your Leaving Cert in June 2019, you can apply for the programme with your mock results, but any final offer will be subject to your Leaving Cert results.

For applicants aged under 23 who sat the Leaving Cert in 2015 or 2016, this is 300 CAO points and a D3 in Ordinary Level English and Maths of Accountants.

If you undertook a PLC course after your Leaving Cert, you are considered a Previous Qualification Holder, and should provide details on your application form. Previous Qualification Holders do not need to provide Leaving Cert points, a pass in a PLC Level 5 or 6 is sufficient for our entry requirements.

See the Previous Qualification Holder Eligibility Guide below. The levels refer to the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) in the Republic of Ireland.

Mature learners (23 and above) with previous qualifications

Mature learners are eligible to apply. Previous qualification holders should provide details of their qualifications during the application process.

Applicants with no previous qualifications

Where an applicant has no (formal) qualification, eligibility will be determined through a series of questions.

Generally this will be done during the ATI telephone interview but it can be done in person where appropriate.

Enhanced Eligibility Criteria

All applicants should bear in mind that individual employers have the discretion to enhance the entrance criteria beyond the minimum academic standards.

Commitments and study

The duration of this programme is two years from the commencement date in September 2019. You should be able to commit to completing the programme syllabus while working in full-time employment over the two years.

You will be attending off-the-job training at college one day and working with an employer four days during college term time (on-the-job training) on a weekly basis. Outside of college term, you will be working five days a week.

Additional home study will be needed to ensure success in the programme.

You are entitled to three weeks’ study leave from your employer each year, and you will be required to sit the ATI exams in May each year.

What next?

If you would like to become an Accounting Technician Apprenticeship in September 2019, please visit www.accountingtechnicianapprenticeship.ie to read:

  • The full Accounting Technician Occupational Profile
  • The detailed Recruitment Process
  • The full Eligibility Guide and Application Advice

Then complete the Online Application, carefully following the instructions.

ATI will follow up on your application directly.

Further Resources:

Application Guidelines and Tips

- Level 6 Apprenticeship – Accounting Technician (Advanced Certificate in Accounting)

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a new pathway to a career in business, accountancy and finance, where apprentices are mentored through a two-year, work-based learning programme.

- Level 6 Apprenticeship – Accounting Technician (Advanced Certificate in Accounting)

Fees NIL

- Level 6 Apprenticeship – Accounting Technician (Advanced Certificate in Accounting)

Career Progression

Successful graduates will also receive generous exemptions on Chartered Accountants Ireland’s study programmes, so that they can continue to progress their career within the profession. So by choosing the Apprenticeship route, they have the opportunity to become fully qualified Chartered Accountants in just five years.

Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals employed throughout all levels of finance across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment. They perform a wide range of roles including:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial Accounting & Budgeting
  • Costing & Credit Control
  • Payroll Administration
  • Tax Returns

Further Information

If you would like to become an Accounting Technician Apprenticeship, please visit www.accountingtechnicianapprenticeship.ie to read:

  • The full Accounting Technician Occupational Profile
  • The detailed Recruitment Process
  • The full Eligibility Guide and Application Advice

Then complete the Online Application, carefully following the instructions.

ATI will follow up on your application directly.

STE555 - Level 6 Apprenticeship – Electrical Training Programme (Phase Two)

As part of the Electrical Apprenticeship Training Programme, learners will complete Phase 2 of their training programme in Monaghan Institute. This Phase of training includes installation, commissioning, testing and maintenance of various wiring systems and services in domestic, comercial and industrial applications.

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Is this course right for you?

When choosing a career as an electrician it opens a range of career and specialty paths from being self-employed or as part of a larger business. In the electrical industry many electricians choose a specialty that they focus on whether it is building and construction, green energy/solar, automation, manufacturing, mining, energy or water supply industries.

What will you study?

You will also learn about panel wiring and motor control. All associated electrical theory will be comprehensively covered.

Areas of study include:

  • Electrical science
  • Installation Techniques 1 (Domestic)
  • Installation Techniques 2 (Industrial)
  • Panel Wiring and Motor Control
  • Fundamentals of alternative electrical energy sources
  • Team Leadership
  • Communications

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

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2. The successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course

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

Qualification

Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Electrical.

What next?

To apply now for this Apprenticeship and for further information please contact:

Caroline Flanagan
Senior Training Advisor
Tel: 049-4331044

Irene Mc Avinue
Tel: 049-4353922

Email: apprenticeships@cmetb.ie
Website: www.apprenticeships.ie

STE555 - Level 6 Apprenticeship – Electrical Training Programme (Phase Two)

As part of the Electrical Apprenticeship Training Programme, learners will complete Phase 2 of their training programme in Monaghan Institute. This Phase of training includes installation, commissioning, testing and maintenance of various wiring systems and services in domestic, comercial and industrial applications.

STE555 - Level 6 Apprenticeship – Electrical Training Programme (Phase Two)

Fees NIL

There are no fees associated with Apprenticeship Programmes as they are fully funded by SOLAS

STE555 - Level 6 Apprenticeship – Electrical Training Programme (Phase Two)

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, you are qualified to work within the recognised trade or profession. Graduates have progressed to work for various companies including:
Mercury Engineering | Jones Engineering | Kirby Group Engineering | Clarke Electrical Engineering | ESB.

Many apprentices also use their apprenticeship qualification as a platform to launch careers such as:
Engineers│ Managers │ Owners of Businesses │ Teachers │ Instructors.

Degree Progression

Following successful completion of your Electrical Apprenticeship you can get an exemption from Year 1 of a Level 8 Electrical Engineering Degree.

Level 6 Apprenticeship – Original Equipment Manufacturing

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) are a group of Irish companies, mostly in the Engineering Sector, that provide innovative and practical solutions to a broad range of customer’s needs. Many are market leaders in their field. They range in size from SMEs and family run businesses to larger companies . The OEM Apprenticeship is targeted at the Original Equipment Manufacturing, Installation and Services Sector which sells to National and International markets.

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Is this course right for you?

This is a new and exciting apprenticeship opportunity. The OEM Technician will be trained in a diverse range of engineering skills in order to assemble a disparate range of components, involving a range of processes, to manufacture and support original equipment.

 

What will you study?

This is a three year programme delivered over three stages.

Stage one, year one involves 16 weeks off-the-job training with the remainder of the year spent applying these skills in the work place.

Year two follows the same format, with year three having a slightly shorter duration off-the-job phase of 14 weeks.

Areas of study include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Engineering Drawings
  • OEM Practices
  • Electrical and Electronic Technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Testing and Measurement of Electronic Systems
  • OEM Operations
  • Analytics and Problem Solving
  • Industrial Robotics and PLC’s
  • Team Leadership
  • Communications
  • Applied Engineering
  • Capstone Work-based Project

Entry Requirements

Applicants in the first instance must secure a placement with a SOLAS approved employer and must meet the minimum standard under one of the following criteria:

Leaving Certificate with grade O6 (grade D3 pre 2017) or higher in five subjects which must include Mathematics.

Or

A full award placed at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (EQF 4) which includes proficiency in Mathematics similar to O6 in Leaving Certificate.

Or

Have successfully completed an approved pre-apprenticeship training course in an Engineering discipline and demonstrate a proficiency in Mathematics similar to O6 in Leaving Certificate.

Or

In the case where an applicant is 23 years or over (or employed in the OEM sector for 3 years) and does not meet the educational requirements specified above, they may apply through the Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Additional Requirements:

All learners must pass the Ishihara colour vision test (24 Plate addition) prior to registering on the programme.

The programme is delivered through English. In the event that an apprentice has English as a second language, a CEFRL C1 level of proficiency in the English language is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide official evidence demonstrating English language competence of C1.

Qualification

QQI Level 6 6M20689 Advanced Certificate in Original Equipment Manufacturing

Application Process

1. The employer registers with the CSG and SOLAS to participate on the programme

2. The employer recruits and refers suitable applicants to CMETB for pre-approval

3. CMETB pre-approves all applicants

4. Approved applicants are then referred to their local SOLAS Authorised Officer for full registration on to the programme.

Further Information

To apply now for this Apprenticeship and for further information please contact:

Caroline Flanagan
Senior Training Advisor
Tel: 049-4331044

Irene Mc Avinue
Tel: 049-4353922

Email: apprenticeships@cmetb.ie
Website: www.oemapprenticeships.ie

- Level 6 Apprenticeship – Original Equipment Manufacturing

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) are a group of Irish companies, mostly in the Engineering Sector, that provide innovative and practical solutions to a broad range of customer’s needs. Many are market leaders in their field. They range in size from SMEs and family run businesses to larger companies . The OEM Apprenticeship is targeted at the Original Equipment Manufacturing, Installation and Services Sector which sells to National and International markets.

- Level 6 Apprenticeship – Original Equipment Manufacturing

Fees NIL

There are no fees associated with Apprenticeship Programmes as they are fully funded by SOLAS

- Level 6 Apprenticeship – Original Equipment Manufacturing

Career Prospects

Graduates of this OEM apprenticeship programme will provide industry with suitable employees who have the potential to progress into supervisory or management roles, to contribute to the development of the sector, and to respond to emerging sectoral developments.

Degree Progression

Graduates are eligible to apply for entry to a range of degree programmes in the third level sector. For further information on progression routes, please contact the Programme Manager.