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Irish Rail urges women to apply for apprenticeships

Women are being encouraged to apply for the 12 apprenticeship places on offer with Irish Rail.

Apprentice fitters, diesel mechanics and electricians are all being sought by the company, which has revealed details of its latest apprenticeship programme.

As an "equal opportunities employer", Irish Rail is urging more women to apply for the positions after only one in every 200 applications received for last year's programme came from female entrants.

A total of 1,863 applications were received for just 13 places in 2014.

Last year's sole successful female candidate was Olivia Harte (28), from Firhouse in Dublin. She said she is delighted she was hired as an apprentice electrician.

"It's really interesting and I have learned an awful lot," she said. "I would definitely encourage women to go for it."

Details on www.irishrail.ie.

Irish Independent