Centre of Excellence for Apprenticeships and Traineeships

It continues to be a year of innovation at Kerry ETB Training Centre in Tralee, County Kerry.

The trend towards practical training options continues – with the popularity of apprenticeships and traineeships where students can earn while they learn offsetting any worries they may have relating to fees, cost of living, and post qualification debt. 

Apprenticeships are run between 2 and 4 years, during which time you will be employed and then put through structured phases of on-the-job training and off-the-job study. 

Traineeships last between 6 and 12 months and offer an accelerated training experience where at least 30% of learning is on-the-job and the trainee gets to build up experience, expertise and employer contacts. 


Kerry ETB Training Centre is currently developing a Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship and Marine Engineering Traineeship. A new accelerated bootcamp programme in Software Development delivered in partnership with Code Institute is up and running and an all new Cyber Security Training Programme is in development.  

Also, in the pipeline is a Graduate Internship in Media Production. These innovative new programmes serve a strong industry need for qualified personnel with job ready skillsets. As always, the focus is a blend of classroom training and on-the-job instruction and training. 

Kerry ETB Training Centre has seen their first female apprentices in Metal Fabrication, MAMF and first ever female trainee in the Overhead Lines Maintenance Technician Traineeship – with more to follow!

National Digital Skills Centre 

The NDSC is a state of the art media production campus where learners can work in multi-disciplinary teams and collaborate on real-world projects to develop and hone their skillset. 

It is home to long-running Broadcast Production (TV & Film), Digital Media Production (Photography, Design & Video) and the multi-award winning Radio Broadcasting & Digital Journalism traineeship. The Dawn Workshop Industry Masterclasses also continue to grow in popularity. 

A suite of foundation programmes are also run in Media, Photography and Radio Broadcasting. The NDSC is also Ireland’s first Blackmagic Design™ Authorised Training Centre. 

Commis Chef 

Kerry ETB Training Centre led the development of the National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme to address an industry need for 5,000 trainee chefs each year to 2020. The programme was successfully launched in 2018 with initial intakes already underway in Kerry and over 100 apprentices registered nationwide. 

A second intake has started in an all-new 400,000 euro Culinary Arts Centre in Kenmare led by multi-award winning Chef Simon Regan. Applications are now open for the next intake in Tralee in September.

Bespoke Training | Responding to Local Needs

A key role of Kerry ETB Training Centre is to respond to training needs of community, voluntary and sporting organisations. If a particular training need is unmet, or training is required in a certain area, the centre management team are always happy to discuss how this need can be met. 

Hair & Beauty

At 17 years old, Allanagh O Sullivan of Lixnaw was the youngest competitor at the national finals. She will now go on to represent Ireland at the World Skills finals in Russia in August. The Beauty Therapy Traineeship is going from strength to strength with a suite of new ITEC and CIDESCO micro-certifications starting in September 2019.  

An all new purpose designed hairdressing training facility ‘The Salon’ is also up and running ahead of the launch of a new National Hairdressing Apprenticeship in the coming months.

About Kerry ETB Training Centre 

Kerry ETB Training Centre where apprenticeships, traineeships and courses are offered accredited by QQI, City & Guilds, Accounting Technicians Ireland, ITEC, CIBTAC, CIDESCO, ECDL, CompTIA and Cisco in areas such as Information & Communication Technology, Health & Beauty, Tourism & Hospitality, Digital Media, Renewable Energy, Health Care, Construction and Engineering.

Application Criteria

To be eligible for an apprenticeship, you must be at least 16 years of age and you are expected to have a minimum of grade D in 5 subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent exam. However, higher educational qualifications and other requirements may be required by employers.

If you don’t have these qualifications, you may still register as an apprentice with an employer if you:

• Complete an approved preparatory training course followed by an assessment interview.

• Are over 18 years of age and have at least 3 years of relevant work experience, in which case you will also be asked to do an assessment interview.

You will be asked to pass a colour-vision test for some apprenticeships. 

Application criteria for traineeships and day courses can vary – but a Junior Certificate standard of education along with a proven interest in the course and industry area along with a knowledge of where possible employment could be secured is important. Traineeships and Day Courses are recruited by suitability interview and where relevant, suitability tests.

Contact Details

You can apply for day and evening training courses online:
www.kerryetbtrainingcentre.ie. To speak with the Apprenticeship Services or Course Recruitment teams at Kerry ETB Training Centre, Monavalley, Tralee, County Kerry, V92 PW50, call 066-7149600 or email: training@kerryetbtrainingcentre.ie  

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