New apprenticeship programme launched

Training as part of the Gas Networks Ireland Apprenticeship Programme. (Pic: Coalesce)

Gas Networks Ireland is searching for a new cohort to join its highly regarded Apprenticeship Programme commencing this October. The four-year programme provides mentor-led apprenticeships working on Ireland’s €2.8bn, 14,725km national gas network, considered one of the safest and most modern gas networks in Europe.

The organisation is looking for apprentices – for positions in Cork, Dublin and Galway – who share a commitment to safety, building upon the team’s two million accident-free work hours, a milestone which was surpassed last year.

The newly appointed apprentices will help to maintain and operate Ireland’s national gas infrastructure trusted by 720,000 Irish customers to provide efficient and reliable energy to meet their heating, cooking, transport and manufacturing needs. This includes installation, inspection and testing of a wide range of systems, such as pipework, gas metres and pressure regulators. 

Facilitated in partnership with SOLAS, apprentices receive on-site training with Gas Networks Ireland technical training coaches and attend formal classes in the Educational Training Boards and associated Technological University, alongside mentoring and coaching from our employees with unrivalled experience in the gas industry.

They will also contribute to a cleaner energy future for Ireland, as Gas Networks Ireland transitions to providing more renewable gases, including biomethane and hydrogen. Apprentices will discover and learn all about these renewable gases initially at the Network Innovation Centre in Dublin – which plays a key role in testing compatibility – ensuring the gas network can safely transport these renewable gases.

During the mechanical course the apprentices will gain competency in a range of industrial skills, while electrical apprentices will learn about the installation and maintenance of wiring systems and calibration of sensors, among other skills. In the plumbing programme, apprentices receive comprehensive training in pipework systems, welding, soldering, and gas meter installation and maintenance.

On completion of the Apprenticeship Programme, successful trainees will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – the national and international requirement for craftsperson status. For further information and to apply, visit Online applications close at 17:00 on 30th April.