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ETC Apprenticeships

The Employment and Training Corporation is giving the facilities of apprenticeship schemes which are an effective medium of vocational education and training in the same time.

There are two schemes, mainly:

1. Technician Apprenticeship Scheme (TAS), and
2. Extended Skill Training Scheme (ESTS)

The employer and the ETC enter into an agreement laying down the rights and obligations of all parties during the apprenticeship. The apprenticeship offers various benefits, mainly it helps the students to gain working experience and a certificate is awarded, employers ensure an efficient and qualified workforce, and employers involve themselves in the national vocational education.

Technician Apprenticeship Scheme

The TAS provides an apprenticeship to persons aged 16 and over. It gives the apprentices an occupational competence at technician level. The present callings under the TAS Scheme are:

  • Agricultural Technician
  • Building Services Engineering Technician
  • Ceramist
  • Computer Engineering Technician
  • Computer Network & ICT Support Technician
  • Construction Technician (Construction Design/ Land Surveying/ Quantity Surveying)
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineer Technician
  • Industrial Electronics Technician
  • Jeweller/ Silversmith
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician (Plant/ Design & Manufacturing/ Mechatronics/ Operations & Maintenance)
  • Motor Vehicle Engineering Technician
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
  • Stone Carver
  • Stone Heritage Technician (Mastru)
  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Wood Carver

Extended Skills Training Scheme

The ESTS offers a wide range of opportunities to young persons who are willing to learn a trade or a craftsman level. The present callings under the ESTS scheme are:

  • Agricultural Tradesperson
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Commis Chef
  • Commis Waiter
  • Electrical Installer
  • Hairdresser
  • Hotel General Assistance
  • Mechanical Fitter
  • Motor Vehicle Mechanic
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber
  • Printer
  • Restaurant/ Bar Operations
  • Stone Heritage Craftsperson
  • Stone Mason
  • Tile Layer
  • Welder and Fabricator
  • Woodworker

Conditions

The hours of work does not defer from that of the normal. Apprentices are entitled to:

  1. 2 days of vacation leave for every 20 days attended
  2. June and December statutory bonus
  3. 15 days full pay sick and 15 days half pay sick
  4. same overtime rates as those of full-time employees

N.I.Contributions

Under 18 years of age, 10% of the weekly wage up to a maximum of €4.38

Over 18 years of age, 10% of the weekly wage up to a maximum of €7.94

Wages/Maintenance Grants

ESTS

Year

Wage payable by employer

Maintenance grant payable by government

1

€47.75 per week

€93.17 per month

2

€49.99 per week

€93.17 per month

3

€73.61 per week

Nil

TAS

Year

Wage payable by employer

Maintenance grant payable by government

1

€49.97 per week

€93.17 per month

2

€52.20 per week

€93.17 per month

3

€75.87per week

Nil

 
 For more information contact Clive Farrugia