The Review of Apprenticeship Training in Ireland (2013) defines apprenticeship as follows:
“Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the work place with learning in an education or training centre (a dual system, i.e. a blended combination of on-the-job employer-based training and off-the-job training), whose completion:
- prepares the participant for a specific occupation; and
- leads to a qualification nationally recognised under the National Framework of Qualifications at any level from Level 5 upwards.
Every apprentice should be employed under an approved Contract of Apprenticeship for the duration of the training. Apprenticeship training should be substantial in depth and duration, and the apprentice should be employed in a real job. For a programme to be classified as an apprenticeship at entry level, it should have a duration of no less than two years. The structure of the programme should provide for more than 50% workplace-based learning.