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FIT Skills Audit 2014 and an ICT Associate Professional Initiative

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DUBLIN – 01 October 2014: Fastrack to IT (FIT) today announced its second ICT skills audit: a survey of over 60 companies in Ireland that reveals the need for skilled ICT professionals in all sectors continues to grow. FIT also announced it is to proceed with a pilot of the ICT Associate Professional initiative working closely with SOLAS, participating Education and Training Boards (ETBs), ETBI, ICT Ireland and the tech industry.

The pilot dual-education and training initiative comes at a time when FIT estimates there are approximately 7,000 current vacancies in the technology sector in Ireland requiring a broad assortment of technical skills and professional attributes. The ICT Associate Professional programme will provide candidates with a two-year pathway to a Level 6 qualification. It combines classroom training with workplace experience in an apprenticeship type format where participants are sponsored by host employers.

The FIT audit reveals Big Data Analysis as having the highest demand for skills at expert level, whereas areas such as Networking & PC Maintenance, Contact Centre Support, and Platform Administration have a higher requirement for candidates with competent and entry level skills. Many of these IT roles and in-demand skillsets lend themselves to vocational forms of study.

At the launch of the report Peter Davitt, CEO FIT said, “The audit highlights that while there is strong demand in the IT industry for people with university degrees and doctorates, there are more vacancies for people with IT skills at Level 5/6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. It also demonstrates clearly that the Further Education and Training sector has a huge role to play in addressing the immediate gap and foreseeable skills need in Ireland”.

He went on to say, “Respondents to the audit were also keen to get across the need for graduates and jobseekers to have a greater appreciation of the demands of business, and the importance of real-life skills and practical / work experience.”

Peter O’Neill, Managing Director IBM Ireland said, “The traditional path of going from the Leaving Certificate into four or more years of university, and then looking for a job, does not suit everyone. We must create multiple pathways to ICT careers that are attractive to a broader range of people. I’m delighted that IBM is one of several companies hosting participants in the pilot of the new ICT Associate Professional programme starting in a few weeks’ time.”

FIT believes that this latest audit which took place in Spring/Summer 2014 is reflecting an upswing in economic growth in Ireland.  Meanwhile, the IT sector is seeing the emergence of new drivers of change such as ‘Big Data’ and the ‘Internet of Things’ which are shaping the immediate future of business in Ireland.

The Skills Audit model of the survey, first developed by FIT in 2012, is uniquely designed to determine at granular level significant skill-needs trends from leading ICT companies.

Other key findings from the FIT skills audit 2014 include:

–      75% of immediate vacancies are for employees able to exercise skills at the competent and entry levels, compared to 25% at the expert level.

–      Networking & PC Maintenance and Platform Administration disciplines remain an excellent route into the ICT sector for those with entry level skills which account for about 40% of the in-demand roles available.

–      Software development is a thriving sector with strong demand for programmers across platforms especially mobile computing and a high demand for software testing skill with entry level roles on offer.

–      Teamwork and multi-tasking were voted first and second most important attributes in the survey section given over entirely to softskills and professional development.

–      Technology is rapidly evolving and transforming the way we live and do business and emerging technologies will continue to shape the skills needs of the ICT sector.

Respondents also asked that government promote and prioritise usable skills such as knowledge of business operations, market practice and customer awareness.

 

About FIT

FIT is an industry-led initiative which works in close collaboration with government departments and national education and training agencies, local development organisations and a host of community based organisations. Its primary partners in education and training include SOLAS, ETBs (formerly VECs), ETBI, ICT Ireland, Intreo, Third Level Institutions, Leargas, Leader / Partnership Companies and LESNs.

FIT’s mission is to promote an inclusive Smart Economy by creating a fast track to marketable technical skills for those with the aptitude and ambition to commence a career in ICT. FIT is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. The Initiative develops and promotes technology-based programmes and career development opportunities for job-seekers who have become detached from the labour market in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. FIT commenced in Dublin in 1999 and now operates across the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. For more see fit.ie

 

FIT Media Contact                   
Peter Davitt, CEO FIT
Mob: +353 86 8234006                                
email: peterdavitt@fit.ie

 

IBM Media Contact
Joss Walsh
Mob: +353 86 8971273  
email: joss@josswalsh.com
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