Trade courses are provided in educational institutes for the sole purpose of supplementing the practical trade training of persons actually employed at and engaged in the various operations of the trade. It is impossible for a person to learn a trade solely by attendance at these courses and the admission of persons not actually engaged in the trades would be of little benefit to them and might prejudicially affect the instruction of those for whom the courses have been organised.
With the new standards-based apprenticeship, apprentices must be registered, otherwise they cannot go through the off-the-job phases. Proof is supplied by the Service to Industry Section of FAS who supply the Institute with the necessary information on all apprentices. Also, whilst attending courses at the Institute an apprentice will be paid an allowance by FAS during the time he/she are in the Institute.
Accordingly the Institute reserves the right to restrict enrolment in the trade practical courses to those persons who are actually employed in the trade. For admission to these courses proof of actual employment in the trade may be required as well as certificates to that effect. FAS are kept informed during the session on attendance and progress and reports are issued to the students and FAS. Apprentices and employers are asked to note particularly that details of the attendance of all apprentices enrolled in release courses are made available to FAS - the National Training and Employment Authority.
Ladders to Higher Levels for Apprentices
Post-apprenticeship courses are provided by DIT where a demand exists and thus opportunities are made available to proceed to higher level studies. These include a number of technician courses which are specially designed for those with craft backgrounds. Details of these courses are provided in DIT full-time course booklets available on request.
Currently students holding the FETAC Advanced Certificate in a craft subject can apply for entry to post-apprentice programmes. In some cases advanced entry may be available to some programmes.