Traineeships are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.


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The National Traineeship programme is an occupational skills development programme which combines formal training with Kilkenny ETB and workplace coaching with an employer. The training content and occupational standards for traineeships are developed in consultation with employers, trade unions, regulatory bodies and interest groups. The programme is aimed at clients who will enter occupations that entail significant skills requirements which are best acquired through a combination of alternating periods of on and off the job training. Some traineeships run in Kilkenny include:

  • Animation Studio assistant with Cartoon Saloon
  • Bus and Coach Driving (In Development)
  • Culinary Skills (In Development)
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare Support
  • Hospitality
  • Office Administration
    • Medical
    • Financial
    • Legal
  • Software Developer

The duration of a traineeship programme is determined by the requirements of each set of skills to be acquired for the occupation for which the person is being trained. With the inclusion of the on-the-job training element, traineeship programmes range from 15 to 59 weeks.