The Department of Engineering Trades works in close cooperation with SOLAS, employers and other agencies to develop and deliver the intermediary and senior phases of a number of apprenticeship programmes. Apprenticeship is a system of employment-based training and education which enables a person to obtain the skills, knowledge and education required to satisfactorily perform the core skills of their chosen trade. Apprenticeship is the rocognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland and typlidcally takes four years to complete.
The education and training structure common to all trades delivered at DkIT consists of the following phases:
- Phase 1: On-the-job training with the employer (12 weeks)
- Phase 2: Off-the-job training with ETB (20 to 22 weeks)
- Phase 3: On-the-job training with the employer
- Phase 4: Off-the-job training with the Institute of Technology (10 - 11 weeks)
- Phase 5: On-the-job training with the employer
- Phase 6: Off-the-job training with the Institute of Technology (10 - 11 weeks)
- Phase 7: On-the-job training with the employer
The Department is sub-divided into a number of sections that deliver the phase 4 and phase 6 training programmes for the trades of Carpenter-Joiner, Electrican, Motor Mechanic, and Plumber.
In addition to Trade education at DkIT the Department of Engineering Trades also deliver a two year level 6 Higher Certificate programme in Applied Engineering. This programme is aimed at developing graduates who have the technical skills to assist in a variety of egnineering, manuafacturing and construction activities and who have the capability to carry out skilled technical-level activities under supervision. For more information see www.dkit.ie/courses/dk640
The Engineering Trades also deliver post-apprentice training in renewable technologies. For example, the Department offers expert installer training for those interested in or employed in the field of renewable energy systems. Technology training includes domestic solar hot water, heat pumps, and carbon-neutral bio-mass heating systems. A number of certified courses in Sustainable Technologies are available and more information is available on request.