Faculty of Engineering Hosts New Apprenticeship Briefing for Authorised Officers


The Faculty of Engineering at Institute of Technology Carlow recently hosted an informative apprenticeship briefing for a large audience of authorised officers and SOLAS representatives on five new and exciting apprenticeships.

The new apprenticeships range from Telecommunications to a CG Technical ArtistAnimation/VFX and demonstrate the Institute’s dedication to apprenticeship development in critical skills areas.

Industry representatives from the Geo Drilling and Geo Science Sector were present to hear more about IT Carlow’s new Level 6 apprenticeship in Geo Drilling, the only training programme of its kind in Ireland which will train drillers to service Ireland's growing geoscience sector. There is no formal pathway to a recognised qualification for drilling operatives working in Ireland at present.

Drilling is a fundamental activity that underpins the multibillion-euro Irish geoscience sector, Drilling contributes vital support services and technical knowledge to wider society by supporting the delivery of critical infrastructure.

The Geo Drilling apprenticeship is being promoted by drilling companies operating in Ireland as well as by those entities that procure drilling services such as Boliden, Dalradian and Irish Water.

In attendance was Brendan Morris, Managing Director of Lisheen Technical Mining Services (LTMS) who spoke and welcomed the new Geo Drilling apprenticeship programme, saying “it was important to herald a formal qualification for drillers working in Ireland”.

Other industry representatives present included: Michael McCarthy, Managing Director of Priority Drilling; Ronan Killeen, Managing Director of Irish Drilling; John Regan, Construction Sector Organiser of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) and Sean Finlay, Director of Geoscience Ireland, spoke on the behalf of Irish Water.

Stephen Walsh, Senior Market Adviser with Geoscience Ireland gave the Authorised Officers an overview of the Geo Drilling apprenticeship programme.

Dr Frances Hardiman, Head of the Faculty of Engineering at IT Carlow, chaired the event and explained the importance of Authorised Officer inclusion in the development and promotion of apprenticeship programmes. Institute of Technology Carlow is a centre of excellence in electrical instrumentation and instrumentation and the new apprenticeship in Geo Drilling expands the existing apprenticeship portfolio at the Institute, which also includes carpentry & joinery