Pre-Apprenticeship Skills

Course Aim

Equip yourself with relevant skills to begin an apprenticeship in a range of areas. Employers are seeking apprentices who have basic qualifications in Maths, Computers and Communication skills which are of importance for their chosen trade. There is a massive increase in the number of apprenticeships available nationally. Graduates may progress to a variety of apprenticeship programmes.


Course Modules

  • Building Construction
  • Electrical Installation Techniques
  • Electronics
  • Wood Fabrication
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Mechanics
  • Maths for STEM
  • Engineering Workshop Processes 


QQI Level 5 Major Award (5M5010) in Construction Technology


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

Learners can progress to study various related courses in OFI, including Engineering Technology, Architecture & Building Information Modelling, Graphic Design and Computing. Alternatively, learners can progress to a number of related traineeship/apprenticeship/degree programmes in various colleges in Ireland and the UK.


Career Opportunities

Following the successful completion of the Pre-Apprenticeship Skills programme, you may progress to further studies which can lead to a career in:

Electrician | Engineering | Plumbing | Motor Mechanics | Wood Manufacturing & Fitting | Metal Fabrication | Carpentry & Joinery | Pipe Fitting | Tool Making | Computing


I chose to do this course as I wanted to know more about apprenticeships and the subject areas before I committed to an Electrical Apprenticeship. I found the course interesting and have covered related areas such as CCTV installation, Electrical Testing and Car Electrics. Next year I plan to progress to an Electrical Apprenticeship as I now know this is the area I am interested in.  

Luke Boyle
Luke Boyle
Pre-Apprenticeship Student, 2018/19

2020-21 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 7th September 2020. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after Friday 2nd October 2020. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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