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Dublin Aerospace

Posted by Francis O' Toole on May 10, 2017


Application is now open for the 2017 Dublin Aerospace Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitter (MAMF) Apprenticeship.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 30th May 2017.

The work of the Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitter (MAMF) involves plant and machinery installation, maintenance and repair, replacement of broken or worn parts, adjustment and servicing. The work also involves fabrication of replacement parts using machine tools i.e. lathes, milling machines, grinders etc.

In Dublin Aerospace, it includes activities such as dismantling, overhauling and assembly of Landing Gear, Auxiliary Power Units (APU) and their components.

After successful completion of this Apprenticeship the apprentice will receive a Level 6 National Craft Certificate from SOLAS.

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CAO – Change of mind

Posted by Francis O' Toole on May 2, 2017

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The online CAO change of mind facility will open next Friday 5th May 2017. Leaving Cert students can avail of the facility until 1st July. First round CAO offers come out on 21 August.

Change of Mind – 5th May (12:00 noon) to 1st July (17:15)

Early in May each year, CAO applicants have the opportunity to register a change of course choices online, free of charge.

If you make a change online, and have supplied an e-mail address, an acknowledgement will also be sent to that e-mail address.

There is no fee for using the Change of Mind facility.

Making Changes

Subject to certain exceptions and restrictions, you may change course choices (without fee) as often as you wish, up to 17:15 on the 1st July. If you submit a Change of Mind, it cancels and supersedes all previous course choices in any category in which changes are made.

Course choices in the two categories ( Level 8 and Level 7/6 ) are considered to be completely separate from each other for this purpose. e.g. a change of Level 8 course choices will not affect Level 7/6 choices. If you do not wish to change the courses in one category, do not submit a change. Your original courses in that category will remain unchanged.

Do not mix courses from different categories (Level 8 and Level 7/6) and make sure to list all of your course choices for the particular category which you change.

Restricted Courses

Except for Restricted Application Courses/Restricted Categories of applicant, you may now enter courses which did not appear on your original application.

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Careers News

Posted by Francis O' Toole on April 24, 2017


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Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

Posted by Francis O' Toole on April 3, 2017

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) – the centralised  grant application scheme for college students, reopens for both new and renewal applications today –  Monday 3rd April 2017.

Application Process

SUSI administers the student grant scheme in its entirety. Last year SUSI awarded grant funding to 76,000 students for the 2016/17 academic year. It is anticipated that it will receive over 110,000 applications for 2017/18 from today, and will provide around €380 million in support to some 80,000 students.

Who can apply

Eligible students in approved full-time, third-level education in Ireland and, in some cases, students studying outside the State can access grant funding. All types of students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education can apply.

Any student who thinks they might be eligible for a SUSI grant is urged to submit their application online to SUSI as soon as possible to ensure that it is processed as quickly as possible.

The priority closing dates for the 2017/18 student grant scheme are:

  • 13th July for new applicants
  • 15th June for renewals from students already in college.

Note: As a new grant applicant, you do not need to have accepted a place on a college course in order to apply for a grant. You can do this later in the process.

The student grant scheme is quite a detailed application process so it is crucial that you apply as early as possible if you plan to take-up a course of study this year. Grant applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so the earlier you apply and get any supportiung documents required submitted to SUSI, the earlier you will have a response on the outcome of your application to put your mind at ease when it comes to starting college.

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said “I would encourage students who think they might be eligible for support to submit their online applications to SUSI as soon as possible.”

Changes 2017/18

Postgraduate – Added demand is expected this year due to the reintroduction of maintenance grants for postgraduate students. The postgraduate maintenance grant scheme to support students at third level was abolished by the Government in 2012 in order to save €50 million per year. Additional funding of €4 million was secured in Budget 2017 to facilitate the reinstatement of full maintenance grants from September 2017 for disadvantaged postgraduate students.

PLC – A change to “Second Chance” provision will allow mature students who attended college and dropped out, not successfully completing an approved course, can now apply to SUSI again as a new applicant, following a break in study of five years.

For full details and online application see


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Careers News

Posted by Francis O' Toole on March 20, 2017


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Recruitment for army and naval

Posted by Francis O' Toole on March 13, 2017

Recruitment for army and naval general personnel has already begun. Army applicants must be aged between 18 and 25, while naval applicants should be between 18 and 27 on the closing date for applications, Wednesday April 5. Interested applicants should log on to and complete an application form. Applications may only be submitted online.

While no formal qualifications are required, candidates must undergo a fitness test, interviews, psychometric testing and a medical exam.

The recruitment competitions for cadetships and apprenticeships have not yet begun, but anyone interested should keep a close eye on for news of these.


Although the Defence Forces are not currently advertising cadetships, many school leavers and graduates will be looking forward to the beginning of that recruitment drive. The cadetship is the programme through which the Defence Forces recruit and train future officers for the army, navy and air corps.

Applicants for this programme should present with Leaving Cert results similar to the matriculation requirements for the National University of Ireland (NUI). These include a ‘passing’ grade in Irish, maths, English and a modern European language, as well as at least two ‘honours’ grades in higher level subjects and a ‘pass’ in another four subjects.

This is the only way for potential candidates to become an army officer. As part of the recruitment process, candidates will participate in psychometric testing, a fitness test, an interview and a medical exam.

While it is possible for school leavers to be successful, it is likely they will be competing with a large number of graduates. Therefore, if candidates find they are not recruited first time around, it may be helpful to complete a degree and reapply. An applicant who is recruited to this programme and who does not hold a third level qualification may be assigned to a third level course. Therefore, applicants should be open to third level study if applying for a cadetship. Apprenticeship

Under the Defence Forces apprenticeship scheme, successful applicants will be trained in a technical area, as well as defence training, over a four year period. Technical training takes place in third level colleges.

The Defence Forces are expected to launch a recruitment drive for aircraft technicians at some point in 2017. Aircraft technicians provide maintenance and servicing for weapons, equipment and aircraft.

It is likely that candidates will be required to be between the age of 18 and 21 and hold minimum Leaving Cert qualifications, which may include five ‘passes’ including English or Irish and maths and in any one of the following: physics, chemistry, engineering or construction. Students interested in any of the above opportunities should keep a close eye on the website,, for announcements. With 860 posts to be filled there are sure to be many interesting opportunities coming soon.

Aoife Walsh is a guidance counsellor at Malahide Community School, Co Dublin

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The Intel Women in Technology Scholarship is now accepting applications. 

Posted by Francis O' Toole on March 13, 2017


Closing date for the programme is October 2nd 2017.

Intel’s success in Ireland has been built on the quality of highly skilled and educated people available in the country. Through the ‘Women in Technology’ scholarship program, Intel hopes to increase awareness and encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology.

Intel works closely with local schools and colleges to help ensure that our educational system continues to produce the exceptional quality of graduates that has helped to make Intel in Ireland so successful.

With that in mind, Intel is pleased to this year continue, and indeed grow, the Women in Technology scholarship program for females who have just embarked on third level education.

  • Scholarships are open to female school leavers entering specified undergraduate honors degree courses in science, technology, and engineering (full selection criteria is included below) and up to €3000 for each student per annum.
  • Scholars will complete intern placements or summer internships at an Intel campus.
    (The scholarship program is supported by Intel in Leixlip, Shannon, and Cork and successful scholars are linked to an Intel campus based on their course selection and geographical location).
  • To assist with career progression and further education, each scholar will be assigned an Intel mentor who can assist and provide advice on managing their academic career.

Full criteria for selection available here.

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International Women Day

Posted by Francis O' Toole on March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day as a vehicle for change, is it possible?

Last year, organizations and individuals around the world supported the #PledgeForParity campaign and committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men’s contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness raising to concrete action, organizations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

But the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. Around the world, IWD can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.

What if the world truly stepped up to take bold action?

Will you #BeBoldForChange on International Women’s Day 2017 and beyond by taking groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women.

Each one of us – with women, men and non-binary people joining forces – can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.     Sing along to the Galway girl.

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Career Guidance for schools

Posted by Francis O' Toole on March 8, 2017

Michéal Martin TD has formally delivered strong reassurance to more than 400 members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), on the additional guidance counselling posts for schools next year.


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Career Guidance – In schools from September 2017

Posted by Francis O' Toole on March 8, 2017

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