What is Pathway to Apprenticeship?

Pathways to Apprenticeship is a new initiative offering a range of courses that you can take in advance of an apprenticeship. These courses offer essential skills designed to help you access and transition to a full apprenticeship. Similar in structure, pathways to apprenticeship courses are delivered in a blended combination of on-the-job employer-based training and on-the-job training in a Further Education and Training College.

Certification

Pathways to Apprenticeship courses are linked to the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). This ten-step fan diagram maps education and training in Ireland, so people can easily find out what level they are at. On successful completion of a Pathways to Apprenticeship course, learners are awarded a QQI Level 5 Major Award Certificate, which is recognised internationally.

Benefits of Pathways to Apprenticeship

Pathways to Apprenticeship
at
Limerick College of Further Education

Pathway to Construction

This course will give you a foundation and understanding of the essential skills needed in the industry. You will gain knowledge and skills across the different construction disciplines such as carpentry, shuttering, blockwork and plastering. In addition, modules in maths, communications and work experience will support progression to apprenticeship. On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Construction Technologies

Progression / Employment Opportunities

Graduates may progress to apprenticeships in Brick and Stone Laying, Carpentry and Joinery and Plastering.

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Pathway to Hairdressing

This course will equip you with the foundation skills needed to work in the hairdressing industry. You will gain knowledge, hands-on skills and experience across different hairdressing disciplines, such as practical hairdressing skills, hairdressing science and hairdressing theory. In addition, modules in customer service, communications and work experience modules will ensure that your progression to an apprenticeship will have the desired quality and suitability. On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Hairdressing.

Progression / Employment Opportunities

Graduates may progress to an apprenticeship in Hairdressing.

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Pathway to Culinary Skills

This course will empower you with the essential skills required to work in the hospitality industry. You will gain knowledge, hands-on skills and experience across many different culinary disciplines, with the main focus on culinary techniques, kitchen skills and short-order cooking. In addition, modules in customer service, communications and work experience will support progression to apprenticeship. On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Professional Cookery.

Progression / Employment Opportunities

Graduates may progress to apprenticeships in Commis Chef and Chef de Partie

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Pathway to Accountancy

This course will provide you with an introductory understanding of financial accounting, bookkeeping and payroll skills. You will gain a broad knowledge and practical experiences across different accounting disciplines. In addition, modules in communications, e-business and work experience will support progression to apprenticeship. On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Major Award in eBusiness.

Progression / Employment Opportunities

Graduates may progress to apprenticeships in Accounting Technician, Insurance Practice and International Finance Services Specialist.

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Pathways to Apprenticeship
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Croom College of Further Education

Pathways to Engineering

This course will equip you with essential skills needed for employment within the engineering industry. On successful completion, you will have gained a broad foundation of knowledge and skills across different engineering disciplines such as workshop processes, construction studies and engineering drawing. In addition, modules in maths, communications and work experience will support your progression to apprenticeship. On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Engineering Technology.

Progression / Employment Opportunities 

Graduates may progress to apprenticeships in Metal Fabrication, Toolmaking and Industrial Electrical Engineering.

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Application Requirements

  • You must be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of grade D in any five subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent.
  • Additional qualifications and work experience are an advantage.
  • Places on Pathways courses are limited and will be allocated based on a personal interview.

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