Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Apprenticeship Preparatory Programme: Carpentry/Plumbing/Electrical 5M5010

This programme provides learners with the foundation required to pursue an apprenticeship in the building trades. It is the ideal starting point to explore the various apprenticeship options available. Students will gain hands-on experience in carpentry, plumbing and electrical installation.

This course is designed to
  • provide participants with a hands-on introduction to the broad range of the skills required to work in the construction industry

  • prepare students for apprenticeships in construction related areas

  • prepare participants for entry to ordinary level degree and honours degree programmes related to the construction industry

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent

  • Pre-entry guidance meeting

  • Mature applicants welcome

How the course is taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners

  • A practical based course where learning takes place primarily in workshops and drawing rooms

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners

Course Content
  • Building Construction 5N1570
  • Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) 5N1604
  • Architectural Drawing 5N1558
  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
  • Building Services 5N4974
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Maths 5N1833
  • Wood Fabrication 5N1999
  • Safe Pass Certificate [Additional Fee applies - Check with Course Teacher]
Career Opportunities
  • Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.
Progression to Higher Education
  • Progression from 5M5010 to all Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway courses apart from Nursing. The following are the most relevant:

*AU583 Furniture Design and Manufacture

*AU583 Furniture Design Making and Technology

*AU535 Construction Management

*AU536 Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying

*AU537 Architectural Technology

*AU538 Civil Engineering

*AU635 Construction Management

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at CAO website.

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Continuing Education
  • Apprenticeships in Construction related areas

Third level courses which may give preference to successful graduates of this course:

  • Civil Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Architectural Technology

  • Construction Technology

  • Construction Studies

  • Health and Safety

  • Construction Management


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May

Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.

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Please Note

GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.