Engineering pre-apprenticeship

As a result of our previous Engineering Pre-Apprenticeships, 95% of participants are now in full time apprenticeships, employment or have gone on to further education and training. 

The aim of this Engineering course is to enable learners develop the skills, knowledge and competencies to safely operate a milling machine and centre lathe and use a range of mathematical skills and tools in a variety of Engineering sectors.  A pre-apprenticeship is a stepping stone to get into the industry of your choice. So if you are interested in engineering apprenticeships or working as a machine operator in a precision engineering workshop, this Level 4 Engineering Pre-apprenticeship is a good starter course for you.

Here you can watch a short video introducing this course

This Engineering pre-apprenticeship course is a Longford/Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB) Local Training Initiative.

Local Training Initiatives are community based training courses, primarily for unemployed individuals aged 35 and under, with no formal qualifications or incomplete secondary level qualification. The overall aim of LTI programmes is to assist unemployed people to move towards employment by providing community-based training and work experience leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

LTIs encourage learners to develop their existing skills and learn new skills in an environment that is tailored to meet their individual needs. This approach allows learners to develop valuable employment-related skills and knowledge.

The EDI Centre's Engineering pre-apprenticeship is a full-time 50 week QQI Level 4 accredited course for people who are unemployed or in receipt of a disability allowance. A training allowance is available to eligible candidates.

Entry Requirements   

Education: No formal education or qualifications are required although applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 3 when accessing a Level 4 programme.

Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course and be able to work under direction with some ability to work on their own initiative.

To register your interest or to make further enquiries you can contact the course coordinators directly: Tony or Padraig on 043-3347515 - email or contact Athlone Training Centre on 0906 424200 - email

Course content includes: 

Technical Drawing, Workshop Skills, Milling, Communications, Work Experience, Workplace Safety, Turning, Information Technology Skills, Mathematics

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Testimonials from past students::

“Before I started the pre apprenticeship course, I was working part time in the cash and carry in Longford. I enjoy doing the course, its interesting. I also like doing it at the edi centre. I hope to do an sna course after the pre apprenticeship course and I believe that this course has prepared me to do so.” 

“Before I did the Pre-Apprenticeship course in the EDI Centre in Longford I had completed my Junior Certificate in Templemichael College in Longford.  I was unsure of whether to do an apprenticeship after the Junior Certificate so I decided to do Transition Year to help me decide what I wanted to do.  I was a couple of months into Transition Year but didn't feel like I was gaining any benefit from it on a personal level so when I heard about the Pre- Apprenticeship course in the EDI,  it seemed like it was something that would be more in line with what I wanted to do. From the very beginning of the course, the Tutors were extremely helpful and very encouraging.  All the subjects were covered in great detail and if you needed any extra help then it was provided.  The subjects were very well balanced between practical and theory.  In the practicals, we were given as much time as needed on the machines so we were well prepared for the final practical exam.  Overall I found the course as an excellent starting point for an engineering career and I definitely felt more confident as a person leaving the course. The Tutors encouraged me to keep going in education and get as many qualifications as possible.  They provided information on what options were open to me on completion of the course.   In the end, I decided to do the Level 5 Motor Technology in Longford College of Further Education.

What I learned in the Level 4 Course in the EDI was a great help going into the level 5 as the topics were similar and were taken on to a more advanced stage. On completion of the Level 5 Motor Technology, I had the option to apply for a course in Athlone Institute of Technology but I was still unsure and I talked to my tutor on the Level 5 course and he gave me information on a Level 6 course on Industrial Automation in the Training Centre in Athlone. I was accepted into the level 6 course, as I progressed through the course, the lecturers told me that I could gain advanced year entry into 2nd year of Mechatronics in Athlone Institute of Technology.  I was accepted into the course last September and this September I will be starting year 3 of my degree in Mechatronics.  I don't think I would ever have achieved any of this without the encouragement,help and guidance that I was given by the Tutors in the EDI Centre.  They gave me a great foundation from which I have been able to build on since then.”

Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship Course Co-ordinator - Tony Lynch

Engineering Course

With a Level 7 in Training and Continuing Education, Certificate in Community Development, Certificate in Integrating Literacy, experience in Milling and Turning, 16 years’ experience as a supervisor and tutor at Coolamber National Training Centre and 14 years' experience as coordinator and tutor of the Revamp Training Project I have gained invaluable experience of working with various learners. During my time as coordinator, the Revamp Training Project was successful in winning the AONTAS Star Award for outstanding contribution to Adult Learning.  I was also instrumental in the setting up of and managing of the Revamp 3RStore from 2004 to 2008 when it became separate from the training programme. I look forward to coordinating this new and exciting venture "Longford Pre Apprenticeship Programme" for many years to come.

Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship Course Assistant Co-ordinator - Padraig Dooney

Engineering Course

With a background in construction I witnessed the need for education and training so I retrained and gained 12 years invaluable experience as both a tutor and assistant coordinator with the Revamp Training Project.  I was also involved in the setting up of the Revamp 3RStore and assisting in it prior to it becoming a separate identity to the Revamp Training Project.  Now with my experience in Milling and Turning I look forward to working alongside my colleagues on the new Longford Pre Apprenticeship Engineering Programme. I hope we can bring it to a similar success as the AONTAS Star award winning Revamp Training Project.

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