As part of the national apprenticeship system, there are formal requirements for approval of an employer’s suitability to train apprentices and for registration of apprentices. SOLAS is responsible for delivering on these requirements and draws on a network of ‘Authorised Officers’ (AOs) located in the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) around the country to do this.
To begin an apprenticeship, an applicant must be employed by an approved employer. To be eligible, the applicant must be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of grade D in any five subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent. However, higher educational qualifications and other requirements may be sought by employers. Click for further information on individual apprenticeships.
For entry to some apprenticeships, applicants are required to undergo a SOLAS-approved colour vision test.