Irish telco EIR is building on the success of earlier apprenticeship programs and now seeks 50 new apprentices to help deliver fiber broadband around the country.
Over the last three years, 166 people have participated in the program; some retained full-time positions at the service provider once these two- or three-year commitments ended.
This time around, applicants will be part of a three-year project described "an opportunity to be part of one of the most important technology implementation programs in our country," according to Managing Director of Open EIR Networks Una Stafford in The Irish Sun.
Applicants must have their "Leaving Certificate" -- or have graduated high school -- as well as own a valid driver's license. Beginning in November, successful applicants will undergo two years of intensive training and on-the-job learning while accompanied by an experienced technician, EIR said. The service provider then expects to offer top performers full-time positions with the company, EIR added.
Applications are being accepted until September 3, 2018.
EIR uses apprenticeships quite frequently, dedicating an area of its website to questions, application forms and success stories.
BT also heavily recruits apprentices to help meet the need for employees and provide individuals with a career path in communications and Internet technologies. With roles ranging from BT Sport and Engineering to Information Technology and Cybersecurity, these positions can also lead to full-time careers at BT.
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