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Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) Apprenticeship

1 September 2021 


This is a new 3-year programme which gives you the opportunity to earn while you learn both on and off-the-job. This apprenticeship is supported by a range of stakeholders including QQI, SOLAS, Enterprise Ireland, and ETBI. The 3-year programme consists of 16 weeks off-the-job training in a College of Further Education and Training in years one and two, and 14 weeks in the final year with the rest of the time on-the-job applying these skills in the work place.


It boasts a broad range of modules including Industrial robotics and PLC’S, testing and measuring of electronic systems, electrical and electronic technology, analytics and problem-solving and mechatronics. You will also study health and safety, OEM practices and operations management, team leadership, applied engineering, engineering drawings and complete a capstone work-based project. These disciplines will help to provide excellent progression routes for learners who complete the apprenticeship.

Graduates of this new Level 6 QQI Major Award will receive an Advanced Certificate in Original Equipment Manufacturing. Graduates will also have the potential to continue along specific learning pathways up to and including Level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications and the opportunity to progress into supervisory and management roles.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) are made up of a group of Irish companies, predominately in the Engineering Sector, that provide innovative and practical solutions to a varied range of customer needs. Many of these companies are market leaders in their field and they vary in size from family-run businesses and SME’s to bigger companies like Abbey Machinery, Combilift, Dennehy Machinery, Dennison, Geon Engineering, Jungheinrich, Keenan, Leidos, Tanco, and Turmec.

Training apprentices is an amazing way to ensure your company has the skilled staff you need while saving on recruitment costs and fostering higher staff morale. You can also improve productivity in your business and the quality of your product and service while supporting employees as they develop competencies that are directly relevant to their job.