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Motor Industry Apprentices


SIMI (The Society of the Irish Motor Industry) is committed to an innovative and progressive approach to career development in the industry. SIMI has worked closely with FÁS/SOLAS to develop occupational profiles and training plans for employees in the Motor Industry. This is designed to provide a career path with the potential to progress to higher qualifications while also developing and progressing in the employment. The Irish Motor Industry is proud of the reputation for quality in Apprenticeship training that we have earned over the years which is recognised not just in Ireland but Internationally. A Motor Industry Apprenticeship is recognised World-wide but an Irish qualification has a very high reputation based on the performance of Irish Apprenticeships in International Skills Competitions. The Gold Medal for Automobile Technology has been won by an Irish technician / apprentice in three of the last four World Skills Olympics while in the remaining competition a Bronze Medal was won. This level of performance against countries such as US, Germany, Japan, Korea etc. Underlines the status an Irish qualification enjoys.

To make application first contact your local ETB or SOLAS Training centre who can confirm if you meet the entry requirements for your chosen apprenticeship and when your applicaition has been approved forward your CV to SIMI (email: and it will be passed to employers in your area seeking such an apprentice. Once you have found a suitable employer to take you on for the duration of the apprenticeship you can then be registered with SOLAS, who will provide you with details of  the Training Release programme and the projected completion date for achieving National Craft Certificate Standard. If you are interested in developing a career within a fast dynamic industry please read the following information.

Learn More about the Apprenticeships Available
The Craft of Motor Mechanics
Heavy Vehicle Mechanic
Vehicle Body Repairs
Agricultural Mechanic

Am I eligible to apply?
Educational Requirement
Apprentices must be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of grade D in any five subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent. However, employers may require additional minimum qualifications.
Where individuals do not meet the minimum requirements they may be registered as an apprentice by an employer if:
•They satisfactorily complete an approved preparatory training course and assessment interview. For information on these courses please contact your local ETB - EDUCATIONAL TRAINING BOARD;
•They are over 18 years of age with a minimum of three years relevant work experience and satisfactorily complete an assessment interview.
Apprentices must be employed in their chosen occupation by an employer who has been approved by SOLAS. The employer must register the apprentice with SOLAS within 2 weeks of recruitment.

An apprentice is a person who works for an employer in their chosen occupation and gains the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies to become a qualified craftsperson. The duration of an apprenticeship is a minimum of 4 years. The apprenticeship system is a modular standards-based system comprising of 7 alternating phases of training and development four on-the-job and three off-the-job. On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will receive a FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft. This qualification is recognised both nationally and internationally.

Other Requirement:
A person wishing to become an apprentice in one of the select automotive categories must pass a colour-vision test (the “Ishihara” Colour Vision Test 24 Plate Edition).



Helpful Information

How to write a Curriculum Vitae

We have put together a short document which contains the basic information you should include when writing a curriculum vitae.

Further Information about apprentices available on the SOLAS website.

SOLAS is the new Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland. It is responsible for funding, planning and co-ordinating training and further education programmes. 

SOLAS (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna) was formally established on 27th October 2013 by Ruairí Quinn T.D., the Minister for Education and Skills. 

‘SOLAS will be tasked with ensuring the provision of 21st century high quality Further Education and Training programmes which are responsive to the needs of learners and the requirements of a changed and changing economy.’ 
Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. 
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