Within the Motor Industry there are a vast number of occupations which one can choose to develop into a career.
Traditionally viewed as a male dominated Industry, times have changed as more and more of our female colleagues are present within the sector employed in a variety of roles. Hear what some of the Women@SIMI had to say about the Industry and their advice for those thinking of a career in the Motor Industry.
The Society has composed the following list of occupational profiles which provided a detailed description of the different professions and what they entail.
The SIMI Training Department deals with many enquiries for information and guidance from teachers, parents and students by phone and email. Motor industry careers material is regularly distributed to schools and colleges.
The next step in promoting motor industry careers is for members to develop local relationships with schools and colleges. The importance of developing relationships with schools, colleges and other institutions dealing with education and training cannot be over-emphasised. The motor industry is in a unique position to interact with and influence school children, students and their parents across Ireland. This will require involvement from members within their locality.
The Training Department can provide you with the support, and materials to develop these relationships but, for it to work; we need you and your staff to get involved, here are some of the ways that you can: volunteer to participate in school liaison events or identify someone in your staff who would have an interest in participating, register with your Centre Committee or with the Training Committee.
The types of activities that can be offered to schools include:
Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland.
The main craft traders within the Irish Motor Industry are:
These have been designated by FÁS/SOLAS and come within the scope of the Statutory Apprenticeship system, which is organised in Ireland by FÁS/SOLAS in co-operation with the Department of Education and Skills, employers and unions. Apprenticeship is a demand-driven, workplace and classroom, educational and training programme for employed people aimed at developing the skills of the apprentice to meet the needs of industry and the labour market.
The Curriculum for each apprenticeship programme is based on uniform, pre-specified standards which are agreed and determined by industry. SIMI works closely with FÁS/SOLAS and industry to ensure the curriculum content for the main craft trades within the motor industry is relevant and up to date. On successful completion of an apprenticeship, a FETAC Advanced Certificate is awarded; this is recognised internationally as the requirement for craftsperson status.
Before seeking an apprenticeship within the Motor Industry it is wise to fully understand what is involved. Where possible the potential apprentice should observe the type of work being done in their intended apprenticeship. They should ask potential employers, qualified motor industry craftspeople or apprentices for advice about heir craft and potential career opportunities. They may also consult with career guidance counsellors and local Education and Training Boards (ETB's).
The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.
The minimum educational requirements are:
In certain crafts, including those in the Motor Industry family trades, apprenticeship applicants are required to pass a colour vision test approved by SOLAS..
Apprentices within the motor industry may be paid a rate of pay by their employer which is negotiated and agreed by the SIMI National Labour Committee and the Motor Industry Group of Unions as part of the National Craft Wage Agreement. Generally, rates are based on the year and increase during the apprenticeship; details should be checked with the prospective employer.
During off–the-job training, all apprentices are paid an Apprentice Allowance by SOLAS and, where appropriate, a contribution towards travel or accommodation costs.
To promote the entry of women into the designated apprenticeships (particularly in areas were women are under-represented) SOLAS offers a bursary to employers to encourage the recruitment of woman apprentices.
The apprenticeship cycle is deemed to be complete when an apprentice has completed all of the alternating on-the-job and off-the-job phases of their apprenticeship, within the minimum timeframe from the date of registration, as well as achieving the qualifying standard throughout their apprenticeship. Successful completion of the apprenticeship is a compulsory requirement in order to be awarded the FETAC Advanced Certificate.
The Modules are delivered as follows:
Employers have responsibility for providing on-the-job training.
For further information on apprenticeship please contact your local ETB Office or log onto www.solas.ie or contact the Training Department in SIMI at 01-6761690.