Why an Apprenticeship? 

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Apprenticeships provide exciting career opportunities to work in dynamic environments with a variety of different companies. Did you know many apprenticeships require candidates that apply to undergo a series of selection tests in the form of aptitude tests and an interview. 

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Every year Career Services – The Entrance Exam Experts successfully prepare hundreds of interested candidates for the ESB and other apprenticeship selection tests. Our Apprenticeship Preparation Courses are for candidates who would like to prepare for the aptitude tests and for the interview for various apprenticeship competitions.

While our preparation courses are mainly focused on the ESB Apprenticeships, they are 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 companies apprenticeship selection competitions.

Most apprenticeships would use very similar styles of aptitude tests and interviews, and most of these companies run their apprenticeship competitions each spring. 


2018 Apprenticeships 

We are running our renowned preparation courses for the 2018 apprenticeships. These affordable courses are designed to help candidates pass the various stages of the apprenticeship recruitment selection process and are very popular among students wishing to take up careers with companies offering apprenticeships. 

Our courses also have far reaching benefits as they provide students with skills that can be applied to various job applications in the future including life-long interview skills.

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Check out some of the companies that ran apprenticeship recruitment drives in 2017 below. Our preparation courses were relevant to all of these! 

2017 ESB Apprenticeship Recruitment 

The 2017 ESB Networks Apprentice Application Process opened in March 2017. Candidates had to be over 16 years of age by 1st June 2017.  Career Services – The Entrance Exam Experts ran preparation courses for the 2017 ESB Recruitment campaign. These courses focused on the various aptitude tests that are used as part of the ESB recruitment process as well as the competency based interview which candidates will face if successful in the aptitude tests. The deadline for applications for the 2017 ESB Apprenticeship Recruitment Drive was Monday, 3rd April 2017.  Candidates will obtain a QQI Advanced Level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate.  Details of the ESB Apprenticeship and Educational Requirements could be found on the ESB website.

The ESB Apprenticeships Recruitment Process 

The typical recruitment process for the ESB is as follows: When the application process opened, candidates aged over 16 and who have completed the Junior Certificate (click here for last years full list of requirements) were asked to complete an online application form.  Once the online application form was submitted, candidates only had 5 days to complete a list of online psychometric assessments. For candidates interested in a preparation course please note that candidates only had 5 days to complete the official ESB online aptitude tests once an eligible application to the ESB was made. Anyone interested in a preparation course is advised to attend the preparation course before making an application to the ESB. Candidates have to be successful in the online assessments to progress to the next stage and invited to sit an interview in the early summer. Training for the apprenticeship would then usually commence in the autumn. 


2017 Aer Lingus Apprenticeships

Aer Lingus  opened their 2017 Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprenticeship in May of 2017. The Aer Lingus Apprenticeship is a 4 year programme in conjunction with SOLAS and DIT which will allow successful apprentices to become fully qualified aircraft engineers once they have completed all phases. Candidates needed to be at least 16 years of age on or after the 1st March 2017. The deadline for online applications was Monday 8th of May. The apprenticeship is due to commence in Autumn 2017.


2017 Iarnród Éireann Apprenticeships

Iarnród Éireann opened a recruitment campaign in 2017. They were seeking female and male applicants for the following apprenticeships; Apprentice Fitter, Apprentice Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, Apprentice Electrician and Apprentice Vehicle Painter in the following locations: Dublin, Drogheda, Limerick and Portlaoise. Placements were due to commence in Autumn 2017 and applicants needed to 16 years of age on or before the 1st August, 2017. More information and application details can be found on their website here: Iarnród Éireann. The deadline for applications was April 30th, 2017. 


eir Apprenticeships 2017

eir is opened a recruitment campaign  for the 2017 eir apprenticeship programme. Candidates were able to  apply on the eir Website.  The closing date for the eir Apprenticeship campaign was April 9th, 2017.


Bus Éireann Apprentice Programme 2017

 Applications for the position of Apprentice Heavy Vehicle Mechanic with Bus Éireann / Dublin Bus were opened in 2017. The deadline for applications was Saturday 1st April 2017. Applications could be made through the Bus Éireann website.
Is it worth doing a preparation course? 

The short answer is yes. The skills acquired during the course will significantly improve a candidates chances of success in the recruitment competition. Even if you discount the value of the course for the upcoming recruitment campaigns, candidates will still learn valuable skills that will be useful for any future job application. These skills will last a life time.


 Apprenticeship Preparation Courses