This apprentice is a 10 week full time course from Monday to Friday 9 - 5. It's half theory, half practical.You have to be able to plan,draw to scale and then transfer into buildings also. You need this qualification to be able to work abroad. I like ITB, this is my second time here and I'm glad I came back. The instructors are very good here...very helpful.
I started off my apprenticeship about three and a half years ago working for my dad. You go through seven phases all together to become fully qualified. The first phase was six months on site working, the next was six months in college, and the third phase was another six months onsite. So you are back and forth all the time between work and college.
I enjoy coming in. It's a break from work and you get paid by FÁS – the same amount we get paid on site.
The more you learn in college the better you are going to be when you’re out on site. After you learn something here, you’d be looking forward to going back on site and putting into practice what you have learned. ITB is a top-notch place, everything is brand new and the staff are great.
My brother's in Australia doing engineering and he could get me a job fairly handy, so I might go over there for a couple of years.