Information for Employers

What is a traineeship?
Where can I get guidance on traineeship?
The Five-Step Guide to Traineeship in Ireland

What is a traineeship?

Traineeships have been part of the Irish education and training system for over twenty years. 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 enables employers to access a pipeline of talent and learners and 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.

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.

Participating employers agree to provide a minimum of 30% of the programme as work-based learning. Where a new traineeship is being developed, employer representatives are asked to contribute to the design and content of the programme, to ensure that it meets the skills needs identified and is in a format that facilitates participation and success.

Currently, there are over 50 traineeship programmes available around the country. New traineeships are developed on an ongoing basis across a range of industries and sectors in response to identified skill needs.

The current suite of traineeship programmes can be viewed under the Traineeship Programmes section. Some of these programmes may not be open for registration at a particular time. Details of traineeship programmes currently open for registration is available on www.fetchcourses.ie

Where can I get guidance on traineeship?

Traineeship programmes are developed and delivered by the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) working in partnership with industry representatives and employers. Employers interested in an existing traineeship or in creating a new traineeship are invited to contact the Further Education and Training Director in their local ETB.

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.

Employers may wish to engage with one of the nine Regional Skills Fora around the country. Contact information is available on http://www.regionalskills.ie

The Five-Step Guide to Traineeship in Ireland

Practical information on traineeship and the steps involved in developing a new traineeship programme are outlined in The Five-Step Guide to Traineeship in Ireland.

There are five main steps involved in developing a new traineeship, from identifying a skills need to assessing the outcomes of the programme. Based on the experience of traineeship development over the past 10 years, it is estimated that development of a traineeship will in general take between 6-8 months.

A short video can be viewed on Developing a Traineeship in Five Steps