Can you explain to me how an Apprenticeship is structured and is it possible to transfer from an apprenticeship programme to college?
Apprenticeships generally comprises of seven phases, three off-the-job and four on-the-job. The only exceptions to the above are the Floor/Wall Tiling and Print Media apprenticeships, which have five phases, three on-the-job and two off-the-job training phases.
Off-the-job training is provided as follows:
Phase 2: FAS Training Centre
Phase 4: Institute of Technology or College of Further Education
Phase 6: Institute of Technology or College of Further Education
Employers have responsibility for providing on-the-job training in Phases 1, 3, 5 and 7.
In terms of progressing to further education: on successful completion of your apprenticeship you are eligible for consideration for entry into related degree programmes provided by the Institutes of Technology provided you also meet other special entry requirements. FETAC have a list of such Institutes and their courses that you are eligible to apply for.