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APPRENTICE PROGRAMME

We are a leading recruiter of apprentices in Ireland and the UK. Our Apprenticeship programme aims to develop the best and brightest world-class craft professionals. We ensure that our apprentices receive excellent technical training, graduated practical work challenges, superb coaching and mentoring, and quality personal development and support.

Kirby seek bright, action oriented, analytical candidates who are interested in how and why things work and who are practical minded and enjoy working with their hands to become the next generation of Kirby Group apprentices. Kirby Group will supply all the training and support you need to develop into a world class, Electrical, Mechanical or Instrumentation professional and open a world of employment opportunities to you.

CURRENT APPRENTICESHIPS

TYPES OF APPRENTICESHIPS

ELECTRICAL

WHAT IS AN ELECTRICIAN?

The Electrician is involved in the installation, commissioning, testing and maintenance of various wiring systems and services in domestic, commercial and industrial applications. Work ranges from wiring of domestic houses and retail units to more complex systems involving process control and maintenance in industrial plants, hospitals and power stations.

Electricians also service, maintain and repair electrical equipment, both domestic and industrial.

Electricians employed by Kirby Group Engineer are usually engaged in installations in Pharmaceutical, Life Sciences, Date Center or Heavy Industrial projects.

Electricians require many skills including:

  • Knowledge of scientific principles
  • Performing general electrical installations
  • Interpreting technical drawings and specifications
  • Planning and organising the installation of electrical systems
  • Inspecting and testing of electrical systems and fault diagnosis
  • Performing routine maintenance and repairs on electrical systems
  • Knowledge and application of Health and Safety Procedures

Personal Qualities and Skills

As an Electrician you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands. An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail and an eye for the aesthetic.

Aspects of work

  • Learning and developing new practical craft-related skills, knowledge and competence
  • Working with and learning from experienced Craftspersons
  • Seeing a job through from start to finish
  • Comply with Health and Safety requirements
  • Understanding and using physics
  • Working with electricity or electronics
  • Being accurate with numbers in counting, measuring and arithmetic
  • Completing detailed tasks that requires accuracy and careful handling
  • Working with technical drawings and diagrams
  • Working with a variety of specialised hand tools, power tools and equipment
  • Being well organised and careful with practical tasks
  • Lifting or carrying heavy items
  • Taking responsibility for their own learning, including the allocation of study time
  • Being physically active
  • Bending and Kneeling
  • Passing all your phase exams (theory, practicals skills demonstration)
  • Earning as you learn

The Electrician must have the ability to:

  • Plan and organise
  • Communicate effectively
  • Solve problems
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations
  • Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness
ELECTRICIAN APPRENTICE TRAINING PROGRAMME

Phase 1: On The Job

  • Induction Training
  • Introduction to Health & Safety
  • Introduction to Tools & Equipment
  • Introduction to Basic Skills

Phase 2: Delivered in Training Centre (22 weeks)
Course Content:

  • Electrical Science
  • Installation Techniques 1
  • Installation Techniques 2
  • Panel Wiring and Motor Control
  • Fundamentals of Alternative Electrical Energy Sources
  • Team leadership
  • Communications

Phase 3: On The Job
Training and Assessments

Phase 4: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks)
Course Content:

  • Electricity 2
  • Power Distribution 1
  • Electronics 1
  • Alternative Electrical Energy Sources
  • Team Leadership
  • Communications

Phase 5: On The Job
Training and Assessments

Phase 6: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks)
Course Content:

  • Automation and Control
  • Intruder and Fire Alarm Systems
  • Electricity 3
  • Power Distribution 2
  • Electronics 2
  • Alternative Electrical Energy Sources
  • Team Leadership
  • Communications


Phase 7: On The Job

Training and Assessments

MECHANICAL

WHAT IS A PLUMBER/ PIPEFITTER?

Plumbers install, maintain and repair systems of water supply, drainage and central heating in Pharmaceutical, Life Sciences, Industrial and other large installations. These systems include hot and cold-water systems, sanitary services, heating systems, and pipework and controls for gas supply. The work includes central heating systems and their controls, pipe-work, sanitary systems, drainage systems, guttering and rainwater systems.

Plumbers and Pipefitters work on such technologies as gas fired and oil-fired heating systems, under-floor heating, solar, geothermal and biomass heating.

Plumbers require many skills including:

  • Working with technical specifications and drawings
  • Ability to use a variety of hand and power tools including wrenches, spanners, saws, cutters, welding equipment and pipe threading machines.
  • Cutting, bending, joining and fixing materials such as lead, copper, aluminium, plastic and iron.
  • Installation of central heating systems and their controls and pipework, sanitary systems, Drainage systems, guttering and rainwater systems.
  • Testing systems to ensure they are working efficiently and safely.
  • Maintenance and repair work including routine servicing and emergency repairs.

Personal Qualities and Skills

As a Plumber/Pipefitter you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands. An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail and an eye for the aesthetic.

Aspects of work

  • Learning and developing new practical craft-related skills, knowledge and competence
  • Working with and learning from experienced Craftsperson’s
  • Seeing a job through from start to finish
  • Comply with Health and Safety requirements
  • Working with technical drawings and diagrams
  • Using tools or machinery to shape metal
  • Being accurate with numbers in counting, measuring and arithmetic
  • Being well organised and careful with practical tasks
  • Working at heights
  • Lifting or carrying heavy items
  • Taking responsibility for own learning, including the allocation of study time
  • Flexible working arrangements as emergency work may be involved
  • Being physically active
  • Passing all your phase exams (theory, practical’s skills demonstration)
  • Bending, kneeling and working in cramped and awkward spaces
  • Earning as you learn
PLUMBER / PIPEFITTER APPRENTICE TRAINING PROGRAMME

Phase 1: On the Job

  • Induction Training
  • Introduction to Health & Safety
  • Introduction to Tools & Equipment
  • Introduction to Basic Skills

Phase 2: Delivered in Training Centre (21 weeks)
Course Content:

  • Therm Processes and Mild Steel Pipework
  • Domestic Hot & Cold-Water Systems
  • Central Heating
  • Team Leadership
  • Communications

Phase 3: On the Job
Training and Assessments

Phase 4: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks)

  • Thermal Processes and Piping Systems
  • Cold Water and Water Treatment Systems
  • Oil & Central Heating Systems
  • Hot Water Systems
  • Gas Installation Safety
  • Team Leadership
  • Communications

Phase 5: On the Job
Training and Assessments

Phase 6: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks)

  • Thermal Processes and Piping Systems
  • Renewable Energy
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Gas Installer Domestic
  • Plant & Process Systems
  • Team Leadership
  • Communications

Phase 7: On the Job
Training and Assessments

INSTRUMENTATION

WHAT IS AN INSTRUMENTATION CRAFTSPERSON?

The work of an Instrumentation craftsperson involves the maintenance and repair of all instruments used in the measurement and control of process variables (e.g. in the chemical industry to measure and control the temperature, pressure and flow, as appropriate, in various points of the process). The instrumentation craftsperson carries out installation, maintenance and calibration of measuring instruments, sensors, transmitting and controlling devices and systems associated with the measurement, control and protection of physical quantities found in these industries.

The measurement and control of these quantities enables products to be produced to specification, taking account of the safety of personnel, plant and equipment and the protection of the environment. Instrumentation craftsperson’s are employed in the installation and maintenance of measurement and control equipment in pharmaceutical, food and other industries.

Personal Qualities and Skills

As an Instrumentation craftsperson you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands. An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail and an eye for the aesthetic.

Aspects of work

  • Learning and developing new practical craft-related skills, knowledge and competence
  • Working with and learning from experienced craftsperson’s
  • Working with electricity and electronics
  • Comply with Health and Safety requirements
  • Using mathematics to solve technical or scientific problems
  • Being responsible for controlling or adjusting equipment
  • Working on machines/processes
  • Understanding technical drawings and diagrams
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Being accurate with numbers in counting, measuring and arithmetic
  • Keeping accurate records of all calibrations or reports
  • Being well organised and careful with practical tasks
  • Taking responsibility for their own learning, including the allocation of study time
  • Being physically active
  • Working with a variety of specialised hand tools, power tools and equipment
  • Passing all your phase exams (theory, practical skills demonstration)
  • Earning as you learn

The Instrumentation Craftsperson must have the ability to:

  • Plan and organise
  • Communicate effectively
  • Solve problems
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations
  • Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness
INSTRUMENTATION ELECTRICIAN TRAINING PROGRAMME

Phase 1: On the Job

  • Induction Training
  • Introduction to Health & Safety
  • Introduction to Tools & Equipment
  • Introduction to Basic Skills

Phase 2: Delivered in Training Centre (22 weeks)

  • Induction
  • Basic Engineering
  • Electrical 1
  • Electronics 1
  • Measurements – Pressure
  • Measurements – Flow
  • Measurements – Level
  • Measurements – Temperature
  • Final Control Elements
  • Automatic Control
  • Related Theory

Phase 3: On the Job
Training and Assessments

Phase 4: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks)

  • Electrical
  • Electronics 2
  • Measurements
  • Final Control Elements
  • Automatic Control
  • Related Theory

Phase 5: On the Job
Training and Assessments

Phase 6: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks)

  • Digital Electronics
  • Measurements
  • Control Systems
  • Related Theory

Phase 7: On the Job
Training and Assessments

SHEET METAL WORKING

WHAT IS A SHEET METAL WORKER?

Sheet metal workers work with thin metal sheets (up to 3mm thick) which they bend, cut and shape using hammers, small presses, roller machines and guillotines. Sheet metal workers work with sheet steel, galvanised steel, stainless steel, aluminium, copper, etc. and their work includes the cutting of these metals by using patterns or templates as guides, as well as shaping the metal by forming, bending, beating or rolling by means of manual and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinery.

Sheet metal workers require many skills including:

  • Working with a variety of specialised hand and power tools to cut and shape the metal and to drill or punch holes
  • Knowledge of a range of piping systems
  • Interpreting technical drawings and diagrams
  • Understanding the scientific uses and properties of metals
  • Using mathematics to solve technical or scientific problems
  • Marking out and measuring
  • Operating CNC equipment
  • Hammering down (planish) excess surface weld metal

Personal Qualities and Skills

As a Sheet Metal Worker you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands. An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail.

Aspects of work

  • Learning and developing new practical craft-related skills,
  • Knowledge and competence
  • Working with and learning from experienced craftsperson’s
  • Seeing a job through from start to finish
  • Comply with Health and Safety requirements
  • Using tools and operating machinery
  • Being responsible for controlling or adjusting equipment
  • Demonstrate good analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Understanding technical drawings and diagrams
  • Being accurate with numbers in counting, measuring and arithmetic
  • Being well organised and careful with practical tasks
  • Keeping up to date with changing technologies
  • Being physically active
  • Taking responsibility for own learning, including the allocation of study time
  • Working in a noisy environment
  • Passing all your phase exams (theory, practical’s skills demonstration)
  • Earning as you learn

The Sheet Metal Worker must have the ability to:

  • Plan and organise
  • Communicate effectively
  • Solve problems
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations
  • Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness
SHEET METAL WORKING APPRENTICE TRAINING PROGRAMME

Phase 1: On the Job

  • Induction Training
  • Introduction to Health & Safety
  • Introduction to Tools & Equipment
  • Introduction to Basic Skills

Phase 2: Delivered in Training Centre (22 weeks)

  • Induction
  • Sheet Metal Fundamentals
  • Geometry & Pattern Development
  • Thermal Processes
  • General Sheet Metalwork
  • Ductwork
  • Decorative Metalwork
  • Introduction to CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Sheet Metal
  • Manufacturing

Phase 3: On the Job
Training and Assessments

Phase 4: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks)

  • Geometry & Pattern Development
  • Cladding
  • Precision Sheet Metalwork
  • Stainless Steel
  • General Sheet Metalwork
  • Metal Roof Work
  • Panel & Double Curvature Work
  • Thermal Processes
  • CNC Programming and Operating

Phase 5: On the Job
Training and Assessments

Phase 6: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks)

  • Geometry & Pattern Development
  • CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing)
  • IT (Information Technology)
  • Stainless Steel
  • General Sheet Metalwork
  • Metal Roof Work
  • Thermal Processes
  • Special Areas

Phase 7: On the Job
Training and Assessments

WHAT OUR EMPLOYEES SAY

Paul Lynam

“As an electrical apprentice with Kirby I have learned so much about the importance of electricity from working on large scale projects and the valuable role it plays to these projects.

I look forward to completing my apprenticeship and furthering my career with Kirby.”

Paul Lynam

Electrical Apprentice

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