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Munster Technological University is an approved provider of Apprenticeship training programmes.
Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland. The main craft trades have been designated by FÁS and come within the scope of the Statutory Apprenticeship system, which is organised in Ireland by FÁS in co-operation with the Department of Education and Science, 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.
On successful completion of an apprenticeship, a FETAC Advanced Certificate is awarded; this is recognised internationally as the requirement for craftsperson status.
The apprenticeship system is a modular standards-based system generally comprising of 7 alternating phases of 'on-the-job' and 'off-the-job' training and development. These alternating phases of training consist of 3 'off-the-job' and 4 'on-the-job' phases. The duration of the 3 'off-the-job' training phases does not normally exceed 40 weeks.