New National Tech Apprenticeships redefining the concept of ‘hire education’

ICT Associate Professional is the new National Apprenticeship Programme for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s buoyant technology sector — and they are currently recruiting for the ICT Associate Professional Network Engineer Apprenticeship Programme in Galway.

Over 12,000 jobs are currently available in tech – as highlighted by the recent FIT ICT Skills Audit. 75 per cent of these roles can be facilitated through tech apprenticeship programmes, providing immediate employment opportunities for job seekers and students.

These companies are keen to recruit smart people with smart skills and this new Tech Apprenticeship will enable participants to ‘earn while they learn’ as 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, culminating in the attainment of the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship Award.

As part response to these current and emerging tech career opportunities, FIT was recently appointed Coordinating Provider by the national Apprenticeship Council for the delivery of 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:

ICT Associate Professional Software Developer

ICT Associate Professional Network Engineer

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