We’re excited to announce that FIT will be returning to exhibit at Jobs Expo Cork. The organisation will be offering attendees information and guidance about IT apprenticeship programmes. Meet their team on the 17th of November at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
The new National Apprenticeship Programme is ICT Associate Professional. It’s suitable for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s IT sector. Over 12,000 jobs are currently available in tech – as highlighted by the recent FIT ICT Skills Audit. 75% of these roles can be facilitated through tech apprenticeship programmes. These programmes provide immediate employment opportunities for job seekers and students.
Furthermore, these companies are keen to recruit smart people with smart skills. Also, this new Tech Apprenticeship will enable participants to ‘earn while they learn’. Participating companies sponsor participants from day one and throughout the programme.
Giving new meaning to the concept of ‘hire education!’ this Apprenticeship programme adopts a learning by doing format of ICT skills development, which has been championed by industry and is now incorporated as an integrated component of statutory provision. Over a two year period the programme combines college-based learning with on-the-job application. This in turn culminates in the attainment of the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship Award.
There’s big demand for People with tech skills in the IT sector and other industries that now need IT skills. This is a trend that’s anticipated to grow. It will continue as companies utilise technologies to manage their activities, market their products, communicate with their customers and increase productivity.
Emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are creating new industrial sectors. Driverless cars, delivery by drones and further prospects result in the creation of new roles. These new roles demand skill sets and career paths across all sectors of the economy. And this’s expected to grow in the coming years. FIT was recently appointed Coordinating Provider by the national Apprenticeship Council. Their duty is to deliver two technology apprenticeships at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
Built on a proto-type that was ‘road-tested’ with over 150 leading technology companies sponsoring 249 successful participants, the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship programme commencing in early 2018 facilitates two tracks of technology training nationwide: