A Traineeship can provide you with an opportunity to develop cutting edge skills and on-the-job knowledge, enhancing your career options and improving your employability.

By enrolling in a structured training programme, you’ll combine learning in the classroom with workplace experience and could receive certification on completion.

Am I eligible?

Traineeships are free to access and open to potential participants of all ages and backgrounds including school levers, older learners, and those in, or seeking employment.

A range of guidance services are available for those interested in participating in a Traineeship programme:

For those currently unemployed, training allowance or income support may be available.

In line with the Pathways to Work 2016-2020 strategy, the Comprehensive Framework for Employment of People with Disabilities and the Action Plan on Jobless Households, eligibility to participate in a Traineeship programme includes people who are in receipt of any of the following payments:

  • Jobseekers Benefit

  • Jobseekers Payment

  • One Parent Family payment

  • Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment (JST)

  • Disability Allowance

Eligible persons must also be resident in the state and hold a valid PPSN.

Those in receipt of one of the payments above are eligible to retain their payment while participating in a traineeship. Prospective participants who fulfil these criteria are referred by Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) to an Education Training Board (ETB) and receive a training allowance for the duration of their training.

You may also be eligible for a training allowance during the duration of the programme. Contact your local Education Training Board (ETB) for more information.