Motor Industry Apprentices

Training for the next generation

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 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.

Becoming an apprentice

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.

Apprenticeships in the Irish Motor Industry

To find out more about SIMI Apprenticeship, view our video below

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

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

How to write a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) it is critical document in portraying an image that you wish to present to a potential employer, as this will be there first impression of you. Your CV is a selling document; it sells your qualifications, skills and achievements to a potential 'employer', informs them of any extra-curricular activities, your employment history, and your hobbies/interests while also projecting your personality.

In order for your CV to achieve all of these things, you should ensure that you present your CV in a manner that is grammatical correct, clear, concise, and truthful i.e. your claims match your work and educational history etc. CVs are presented in a variety of different formats however the following basic information should be contained in a CV.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Headings
Personal details Your name, address, contact telephone number (landline and/or mobile), email address and date of birth (optional).

Career Objective or Opening statement (optional) You can state what you are aiming for at this stage and what skills you have to offer in relation to your objective. This is useful when confirming your interest in a particular job or employment sector.

Education and qualifications

  • Recent qualifications appear first.
  • Give the full title of your degree, diploma or certificates awards and there time frame of completion.
  • If you studied outside of Ireland indicate qualification equivalence if possible.
  • Junior Certificate results or Leaving Certificate results (which ever is most recent).

Employment history

  • Start with your most recent job.
  • Employers are interested in any work experience whether immediately relevant or not.
  • Include any vacation/voluntary work experience that you have.
  • Emphasise what you have learned and how you have made a difference to your employer.
  • Emphasise the skills gained in each job.

Interests and activities
Mention any positions of responsibility that you have held in societies/clubs in any outside organisations. Emphasise any skills that you have gained, e.g. teamwork, leadership, organisational etc.

An achievement is any activity you have completed successfully.

Get permission before you use someone as a referee and include their name, job title, address, email and telephone number.

How long should a CV be?
If possible, try to keep your CV short and concise. Include summaries of your employment and education, rather than lots of details. Use formal and well-written language, writing simply and clearly.

Proof Read Your CV
Double-check your CV for typos and grammatical errors. Ask someone else to review it for you incase you have overlooked any errors (also use spell check). Look at the format of your CV ensure it easy on the eye to read. Use normal margins (1" on the top and bottom, 1.25" on the sides) and don't cram your information onto the page. Allow for some room between the different sections. Avoid unusual or exotic font styles; use simple fonts with a professional look.

Emailing CVs
When sending an Employer an attachment resist the temptation to simply save your CV as 'CV.doc' - imagine being the person at the other end who has to rename CVs before saving them!

Other Resources

  • There are numerous books and website that contain information on how to write curriculum vitae (CV). Here are just two examples. - Ireland's graduate website has a detailed section on applications.

Further Information about apprentices

To find out further Information about apprentices available on the SOLAS website.
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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.