The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.
The minimum education requirements are:
a qualification placed at Level 4 of the National Framework of Qualifications (a Pass Leaving Certificate),
have at least three years trade related experience.
Applicants should have minimum requirements relating to general learning; including speaking, listening and communication skills, and self-organisation skills.
The following qualification will be accepted as indicating that these general learning requirements have been met:
- A qualification placed at Level 4 of the National Framework of Qualifications Framework.
- A minimum of 5 passes in a certificate placed at EQF Level 3 for holders of EU qualifications.
- A minimum English language competency of B2 in writing, reading, listening and speaking on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is required at entry to the programme for speakers of English as a second or other language.