Pre-Apprenticeship Skills

Course Aim

Equip yourself with relevant skills to begin an apprenticeship in a range of areas. Employers are seeking apprentices who have basic qualifications in Maths, Computers and Communication skills which are of importance for their chosen trade. There is a massive increase in the number of apprenticeships available nationally. Graduates may progress to a variety of apprenticeship programmes.


Course Modules

  • Building Construction
  • Electrical Installation Techniques
  • Electronics
  • Wood Fabrication
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Mechanics
  • Maths for STEM
  • Engineering Workshop Processes 


QQI Level 5 Major Award (5M5010) in Construction Technology


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

Learners can progress to study various related courses in OFI, including Engineering Technology, Architecture & Building Information Modelling, Graphic Design and Computing. Alternatively, learners can progress to a number of related traineeship/apprenticeship/degree programmes in various colleges in Ireland and the UK.


Career Opportunities

Following the successful completion of the Pre-Apprenticeship Skills programme, you may progress to further studies which can lead to a career in:

Electrician | Engineering | Plumbing | Motor Mechanics | Wood Manufacturing & Fitting | Metal Fabrication | Carpentry & Joinery | Pipe Fitting | Tool Making | Computing


I chose to do this course as I wanted to know more about apprenticeships and the subject areas before I committed to an Electrical Apprenticeship. I found the course interesting and have covered related areas such as CCTV installation, Electrical Testing and Car Electrics. Next year I plan to progress to an Electrical Apprenticeship as I now know this is the area I am interested in.  

Luke Boyle
Luke Boyle
Pre-Apprenticeship Student, 2018/19

Student Services Costs: €200

Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)


QQI Certification Charge:

  • QQI Level 5 €50
  • QQI Level 6 €80


Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.



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