Every year, we at  Career Services successfully prepare hundreds of interested candidates for the selection tests used by ESB, Bus Eireann, eir, Aer Lingus and many other apprenticeships. 2021 preparation courses are now available to book. 

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Interested in Apprenticeships?

2021 ESB Apprenticeships 

The ESB is due to open their apprenticeship programme again in 2021. 
 2020 ESB Apprenticeship programme closed on Friday 13th March 2020.

Find out more about their apprenticeship programme and others further down the page. 

Apprenticeships provide exciting career opportunities as well as opportunities to work in dynamic environments with a variety of different companies. Many companies use aptitude tests as part of their selection process for Apprenticeships. Our Apprenticeship Preparation Courses are for candidates who would like to prepare for the aptitude tests and for the interview for various apprenticeship competitions. Not only are our preparation courses appropriate for the popular ESB Apprenticeships, they are also appropriate for many other apprenticeship competitions such as Aer Lingus, Bord na Mona, Bus Eireann, eir, Iarnrod Eireann as well as hundreds of other private company apprenticeship competitions. Most apprenticeships would use very similar styles of aptitude tests and interviews. In addition, our courses have far-reaching benefits and provide you with life-long interview skills.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Please Note: Applying for a Career Services preparation course is not applying for an apprenticeship. Career Services is a private company that helps people to prepare for entrance exams and interviews and bears no association or influence with the organisations mentioned on this website. Our courses are not mandatory they are optional courses. 

ESB Apprenticeships

2021 ESB Apprenticeships

Applications for the 2021 ESB Apprenticeship Programme are due to open again in 2021 on the ESB website

2020 ESB Apprenticeship applications closed on  Friday 13th March 2020. Candidates need to be 16 years of age on June 1st, 2020. A full list of eligibility criteria can be found on the official ESB website. 

About the ESB Apprenticeship Programme

The ESB apprenticeship offers:

 See here for the official ESB Brochure

Once applications are submitted candidates usually undertake a series of aptitude tests and an interview as part of the selection process.

Preparing for the ESB Assessment Tests

Each year we run preparation courses for the aptitude tests used in various apprenticeship competitions including the ESB apprenticeship campaign. Our courses cover all of the aptitude test types as well as the structured interview. This is a competitive and popular apprenticeship opportunity and our courses give you the tools you need to succeed in the selection process. We have a proven track record with over 30 years of assessment industry experience. Our popular preparation courses are now available to book. 

IMPORTANT Based on the 2020 official ESB Brochure eligible candidates that apply when applications open will receive an invitation via email to complete online aptitude tests. According to the ESB brochure, these online assessments must be completed within a certain number of days upon receipt of the email. For this reason we advise anyone interested in our preparation course  to attend their preparation course before submitting an application. Our courses are strategically set to allow ample opportunity to apply after attending the course. However, anyone not interested in a preparation course can of course apply at any stage as soon as ESB applications are open. 


Check out The ESB Networks Video to see what an ESB Apprenticeship is like.

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2020 Bus Éireann Apprentice Programme

Bus Éireann have opened a 2020 apprenticeship programme for Heavy Vehicle Mechanics.

The closing date for applications was originally 31st March 2020 but was extended to April 14th 2020. 

Their apprenticeship positions are open to both female and male candidates. They are especially welcoming female applicants.

Applications can only be made online on the official Bus Éireann website.

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age on or before 1 September 2020 and must meet educational requirements as set out on the official Bus Éireann website. 

Apprentices are trained to the highest possible technical standards and acquire, amongst many other skills the ability to maintain the various systems associated with modern public service vehicles. 

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Candidates are generally required to undertake aptitude tests as part of these kinds of apprenticeship competitions. Our preparation courses help candidates prepare for the kinds of aptitude tests and interviews used in these apprenticeship programmes for the selection process and give candidates the best chance at success. 

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eir Apprenticeships

2019 Apprenticeship Programme

Closing date for applications was 18th July 2019. (as per eir website)

Candidates needed to have:

Full list of requirements can be found here on the eir website 

This year, as part of the government's National Apprenticeship programme eir have partnered with TU Dublin Tallaght and successful applicants will enjoy the benefits of a full college experience through TU Dublin Tallaght while studying for a Nationally Accredited Level 6 Higher Certificate in Telecommunications and Data Networks (Apprenticeship Programme).

Aer Lingus Apprenticeships

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeship

Aer Lingus 2020 Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprenticeship online applications closed on Wednesday 7th October 2020

The Aer Lingus Apprenticeship is a 4-year programme in conjunction with SOLAS and DIT which allows successful apprentices to become fully qualified aircraft engineers once they have completed all phases.

Full list of eligibility criteria and further information can be found here on the Aer Lingus website


Preparing for the Assessments

Eligible candidates that submitted an application in the last recruitment campaign were required to undertake psychometric assessments / aptitude tests as part of the selection process. Our Apprenticeship Online Course is the perfect preparatory course for these kinds of apprenticeship assessments and includes an interview workbook. Take your apprenticeship aptitude tests with confidence

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Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship

The Atlantic Aviation Group have opened their 2020 Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeship applications.

Deadline for applications is May 1st 2020.

Completion of this Apprenticeship leads to obtaining an Aircraft Maintenance License and the opportunity to work in an exciting growth industry.

A fill list of eligibility criteria and information can be found on the Atlantic Aviation Group website.

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Iarnród Éireann Apprenticeships

2020 Irish Rail Apprenticeship Campaign

Closing date for Applications:  Friday 24th July 2020

Iarnród Éireann are seeking ambitious female and male Apprentices to join their team and grow across three trades:

- Apprentice Motor Mechanic

- Apprentice Fitter

- Apprentice Electrician

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age on or before the 1st August, 2020.

Placements will commence in Autumn 2020

More information and application details can be found on their website here: 2020 Apprenticeship Campaign

Private Companies

Our courses are also relevant for apprenticeships and aptitude tests used by hundreds of private companies including Liebherr, Johnson & Johnson as well as many others. 

Important: Applying for a Career Services preparation course is not applying for an apprenticeship. Career Services is a private education company that helps people to prepare for entrance exams and interviews and bears no association or influence with the organisations mentioned on this website.

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