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 to add to their chosen trade. There is a massive increase in the number of apprenticeships available at the moment, so make sure you are ready to take that step by embarking on a pre-apprenticeship course.


Course Modules

  • Building Construction
  • Wood Fabrication
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Mechanics
  • Maths for STEM
  • Electronics


  • Engineering Workshop Processes
  • Cabling & Pre Installation Techniques



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.

Career Opportunities & Progression Routes

Graduates with a full QQI Level 5 qualification can progress to various traineeships, apprenticeship or full time degree programmes. Learners progressing to traineeships/apprenticeships would gain access to the traditional craft programmes including tool making, carpentry & joinery, motor mechanics, wood manufacturing and finishing etc.

Higher Education

TU Dublin/GMIT/AIT | Civil Engineering | Level 7
DKIT | Building Surveying | Level 8
TU Dublin/DKIT | Engineering | Level 8
Carlow IT/IT Sligo/LYIT | Quantity Surveying | Level 8
DKIT/GMIT/CIT | Mechanical Engineering | Level 7
TU Dublin/DKIT/GMIT | Construction Management | Level 8
TU Dublin/Carlow IT/DKIT | Architectural Technology | Level 8
TU Dublin | Timber Product Technology | Level 7

Career Opportunities & Progression Routes

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


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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