Access to Apprenticeship
How to Apply
Our next course starts in September 2022 - APPLY NOW*
*Closing date to submit Applications is the 26th of August 2022
We have made short videos of three of our most recent graduates – Niamh, Shannon and Ellen.
Access to Apprenticeship (ATA) supports the transition of young people (16-24 years old) from disadvantaged backgrounds into an apprenticeship scheme. It is a 12-week full-time programme and is delivered by the College of Engineering & Built Environment on the Bolton Street campus of TU Dublin.
Access to Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to;
- Sample a range of apprenticeships in; Construction, Engineering, Electrical, Motor and Aviation industries
- Prepare your CV and Interview Skills
- Undertake two weeks of work experience
- Health & Safety and Safe Pass Certificate
Minimum entry requirements
- Aged 16 – 24
- Minimum of grade D in 5 subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent
- Satisfying the following criteria:
1. Gross family income on or below €45,790 in 2021
2. You or Your Parents/Guardians in receipt of:
(a) a means tested social welfare payment in 2021 OR
(b) A medical card/GP visit card holder in 2021
(a) Attended a designated disadvantaged school (DEIS) OR
(b) Live in an area of disadvantage. Verified using the Eircode for your address OR
(c) Are or have been in the care of the state OR
(d) Your Parents/Guardians have not gone to college (higher education)
- Via Post To: Therese Fitzgerald, Programme Officer - Access to Apprenticeship, TU Dublin Bolton Street, Dublin 1, D01 K822.
- Via Scan or Email To: accesstoapprenticeship@TUDublin.ie
For further information, email accesstoapprenticeship@TUDublin.ie or phone +353 86 013 6965.
If you are interested in future Access to Apprenticeship Programmes please complete the expression of interest form.
Women in Apprenticeship
A key objective of the Access to Apprenticeship programme is to increase the participation of women in craft apprenticeships. National statistics indicate that women make between 1-2% of registered craft apprentices. We have progressed 83 young people into craft apprenticeships and 16% of those are female. Year on year we have more talented women who want to explore craft apprenticeships applying to the programme. We have gone from 4% female participation in 2018 to 29% in 2021. We are proud of our female graduates who are now forging careers as Electricians. Carpenters, Metal Fabricators, Motor Mechanics and Refrigeration & Air Conditioning technicians/craftspersons. The Access to Apprenticeship Programme has developed a suit of activities to promote craft apprenticeships to young women:
Women in Apprenticeship Open Day
In March of each year, to coincide with International Women's day, we host our Women in Apprenticeship Open Day. Our last event in 2019, was attended by the then Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor and included several employer stands. Over 145 young women attended the event.
Former Access to Apprenticeship students, Mykie and Mollie Northridge, DCC’s and Jones Engineering’s first female apprentices at the Women in Apprenticeship Open Day 2019.
‘Women Building the Future’ Lunches
The lunch supports female apprentices/students to develop their own network of female colleagues, share their experiences in an informal and relaxed environment. The programme held its first Women in Apprenticeship Networking Lunch in November 2019. After the success of the first lunch, the inaugural ‘Women Building the Future’ Lunch took place on the 24th of January 2020. We are planning to continue to run these lunches as it gives aspiring female apprentices and the female Access to Apprenticeship students an opportunity to develop a peer support group and to share advice and guidance with one another
Try a Trade’ Day for young women
This event provides interested young woman (between the ages of 16 -24 years old) with an opportunity to ‘have a go’ at craft based apprenticeships. The ‘Try a Trade’ event is free. The activities are interactive, informative and offer interested participants access to some of the basic skills needed for craft apprenticeships. If you are interested in participating in our upcoming Try A Trade Day's please complete this Expression of Interest form.
Try a Trade Event Nov 2019 - Woodcraft workshop delivered by TU Dublin Lecturer Jennifer Byrne
If you are interested in any of the above initiatives and would like more information; please email accesstoapprenticeship@TUdublin.ie or ring (01) 402 4042/ (086) 013 6965.