Traineeships

 

What is a Traineeship ?

The National Traineeship programme is an occupational skills development training model, designed to provide flexible training solutions to the identified needs of Irish Industry and Local businesses.

Programme combine formal training with LOETB Training Providers and workplace coaching with an employer. The training content and occupational standards for traineeships are developed in consultation with employers, trade unions, regulatory bodies and interest groups. The programme is aimed at clients who will enter occupations that entail significant skills requirements which are best acquired through a combination of alternating periods of on and off the job training.

It offers the Trainee recognised qualifications and identified career paths and progression opportunities, using the best mix of industry and LOETB knowledge and expertise. Trainees develop new skills through a combination of certified training modules delivered through a combination of classroom and work-based learning in participating host companies.

The duration of a traineeship programme is determined by the requirements of each set of skills to be acquired for the occupation for which the person is being trained. With the inclusion of the on-the-job training element, traineeship programmes range from 15 to 59 weeks. 

Objectives of a Traineeship

  • To meet the skill needs of specific sectors and local employers.
  • To provide trainees with the opportunity to achieve recognised accreditation and progress their career pathway ambitions within an industry sector.

 Key Features of a Traineeship

  • Programmes are full-time Monday to Friday (33.25 hours per week).
  • Duration is between 6 – 18 months.
  • Accreditation is at levels 4 to 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • A minimum of 30% of course time takes place in the working environment.
  • Programmes are structured around identified career pathways.
  • Programmes are demand led – they address the skill needs of a sector.
  • Partnership between LOETB and industry is central to its success.

 Who can do a Traineeship ?

  • Traineeships are open to everyone, and are free of Charge.
  • Learners who satisfy DEASP Criteria will receive a Training allowance for the duration of the programme.
  • Childcare may be provided for eligible participants, while travel and/or accommodation allowances are payable where applicable.
  • No previous experience is necessary, but participants must have an interest in beginning, or advancing, a career in the relevant sector.

 Partnership with Industry

Industry is a full partner in a Traineeship programme:

  • Design : Programmes are developed from data compiled through LOETB interviews with employers about their skills needs.
  • Development : An industry advisory group reviews the programme developed.
  • Delivery : Work-based learning is a key element of the Traineeship programme.

Traineeship Structure

 Traineeships combine directed off-the-job training (classroom-based learning) in a LOETB approved college/centre with on-the-job training (work-based learning) in a host company.

Classroom-based and work-based learning phases vary according to sector and location needs.

Work-Based Learning Phase

  • Takes place under company’s normal operational conditions.
  • Facilitates achievement of identified workplace competences.
  • Develops trainee competences to industry standard.

Trainees are provided with a Work-Based Learning Plan. This outlines the competences that trainees must demonstrate during their work placement, demonstrating the application of skills, knowledge and attitudes to perform tasks or combinations of tasks to commercial and industrial standards under operational conditions.

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Who can do a Traineeship / Is there a Course Fee ?

  • Traineeships are open to everyone, and are free of Charge.

 Are there Training Allowance Available  ?

  • Learners who satisfy DEASP Criteria will receive a Training allowance for the duration of the programme.

Are there any other supports available ?

  • Childcare may be provided for eligible participants, while travel and/or accommodation allowances are payable where applicable.

Do I need any previous experience ?

  • No previous experience is necessary, but participants must have an interest in beginning, or advancing, a career in the relevant sector.

 What are the training hours ?

  • Traineeships are Full time programmes operating Monday to Friday. Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.15pm, Friday 9am to 1.15pm. Total 33.25 hours per week.

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