About traineeship

Traineeship is a programme of structured training which combines learning in an education and training setting and in the workplace aiming to improve employment outcomes for participants and increase retention and productivity within industry.

Traineeship gives participants the opportunity to develop cutting edge skills and knowledge on-the-job, making them more skilled, more employable and enhancing their career options and enables employers to access a pipeline of talent and learners.

Traineeship programmes are available in a range of industries and sectors such as Business, Care, Construction, Engineering, Fashion and Beauty Finance, Hospitality, ICT, Manufacturing, Media, Logistics, Retail, Sports and Leisure.

Traineeships have a number of key features which are listed below and in The Five-Step Guide to Traineeship in Ireland


  • They respond to an identified industry skills need
  • Lead to an award at NFQ Levels 4-6, or equivalent
  • Are between 6-20 months in duration
  • Have at least 30% of learning on-the-job
  • Combine transversal and technical skills development
  • Are designed for flexible delivery - online, face to face, blended learning
  • Provide open access to prospective trainees, unemployed people may be eligible for income support

Traineeship programmes are developed and delivered by the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) working in partnership with industry representatives and employers. There are 16 ETBs around the country. Details of your local ETB can be found on the Education and Training Boards Ireland webpage directory of ETBs.

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Traineeship is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.