Gas Networks unveils new apprenticeship programme

Company says 50 opportunities will be created in apprenticeship and graduate schemes


Gas Networks Ireland, formerly Bord Gáis Networks, has launched a new apprenticeship programme for first time in 30 years.

The company which operates the natural gas network said 50 opportunities will be created in apprenticeship and graduate programmes

On completion of the four-year scheme, which will be run with the help of the further education authority Solas, successful applicants will be awarded a Fetac Level 6 Advanced Craft certificate.

Successful applicants will have the option to develop one of three crafts - electrical instrumentation, pipe-fitting or mechanical automation and maintenance fitting - during the programme.

Attending the launch, Minister for Energy Alex White said: “This year has seen the re-emergence of the apprenticeship. Today’s announcement of over 50 opportunities in Gas Networks Ireland brings to almost 1,000 the number of new apprenticeship places announced this year.

The company said it will initially hire 14 apprentices to commence training in September and that apprenticeship programme was open to those who aged over 16 on September 1st this year, who have attained Grade D in no fewer than 5 Leaving Certificate subjects. The application process until 5pm on Saturday April 25th.