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Metal Fabrication 

Apprenticeships with Cross

Cross Agricultural Engineering are offering a full time apprenticeship to 6 candidates who are looking to start a career in metal fabrication. 

This program is is carried out by Cross themselves along with SOLAS (official training body).

See details below

Apprenticeship : Metal Fabrication

Payment: Discussed at interview stages

Job Description

Terms : Full time / Training program

Cross Agricultural Engineering Ltd. are currently seeking 6 candidates to enroll in our apprenticeship program. This is a full time position and is based at the Cross factory in Rathangan Co.Kildare. 

About the Company: Cross is a leading Engineering company who specialize in the design and manufacturing of Farm, Biogas, commercial and food processing machinery. We offer a top of the range service as standard to all our customers and would like to offer that training to our apprentices who get the opportunity to work with us. Currently there are 40 staff working in a state of the art factory and each staff member is given his/her own dedicated work bay. This means the staff working in Cross are working on their own small projects within the factory and are specializing in custom design. This is a lot less monotonous than production line work.

Apprenticeship program: At Cross we pride ourselves in offering one of the best apprenticeship training in the country. If you come to train and work at Cross there is no part of metal fabrication you will not have experience in. It is safe to say after the 4 years you will be one of the best trained metal fabricators in the country.

On successful completion of this Metal Fabrication apprenticeship, the apprentice is awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Metal Fabrication.

This apprenticeship consists of four on-the-job phases with Cross and three off-the-job phases in an educational organisation. Apprentices will be invited to attend their off-the-training phases in accordance with the SOLAS scheduling system.

This apprenticeship is deemed to be complete when an apprentice has successfully completed all on-the-job and off-the-job phases of their apprenticeship, which is a minimum of four years in duration from the date of registration. 

Pay: At Cross we pay all our apprentices the recommended wage by the ETB (Education and Training Board). A training allowance is paid by the local ETB while the apprentice is attending the off-the-job training.

Trial Period: If employed, all new staff have to undergo a 1 month trail period before signed into the training program. This is to protect the employee and the employer. It gives the apprentice a taste of what he/she will be doing before he/she agrees on taking part in the apprenticeship. It also allows us (the employer) see if you are interested before we sign you into a 4 year job and training program. 


  • Junior Certificate must be completed

  • Leaving Certificate is a bonus

  • Leaving or junior cert Engineering, Tech Drawing (DCG), Woodwork, Physics, Phys/chem are a bonus

  • Must be 16 years of age or older

  • No experience required (training provided)

  • Good communication skills

  • Ability to read manufacturing drawings is a bonus

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Past engineering experience is a bonus

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