Ellen Cummins: “I was fascinated by how everything worked in the cockpit so I applied for the apprenticeship and joined the programme last September.”

Ellen Cummins got her first taste of engineering in transition year at school. Students at St Peter’s College in Dunboyne, Co Meath, could sample all (...)

Gemma Linehan at CIT, where she is studying as an apprentice mechanic. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

The brightest young people go on to third level, and the brightest of all go to university: so goes the conventional narrative. But increasingly th(...)