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ICT Associate Professional Tech Apprenticeship

Redefining the concept of ‘Hire Education’.

 

Are you a Tech Enthusiast?  

ICT Associate Professional is the new National Apprenticeship Programme for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s buoyant technology 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, 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.

The Tech Sector Wants YOU!

People with tech skills are in demand not just in the IT sector – more and more jobs across industry require various levels of proficiency in IT.  A trend which is anticipated to grow as increasingly 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 daily, new industrial sectors, way beyond the prospects of driverless cars, delivery by drones etc., resulting in the creation of new roles, skill sets and career paths across all sectors of the economy, which are expected to grow exponentially in the coming years.

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:

Tech Apprenticeship Structure

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The first six months of the programme are intensive college-based learning where apprentices are
equipped with the necessary technical acumen. The remaining 18 months are a combination of on-the-
job experience supplemented with college-based instruction.

All training costs of the apprentices are covered by the State. FIT manages all aspects of the programme
and coordinates employer input.
Participating companies pay candidates throughout the apprenticeship and facilitate the on-the- job
learning, thereby enabling apprentices generate added value through honing their knowledge, skills and
competencies in real-time while contributing to product development, technological advancement and
talent development.

Apprentices employed under contract may generally receive remuneration to the value of €260 - €290 p.w. in the first
year and €340 - €385 p.w. in year two.

On successful completion of the programme qualified tech apprentices will typically progress into full-time positions within their sponsoring companies thereby enhancing the talent portfolio while increasing productivity and competitiveness in those enterprises.

Those wishing to apply please click Apply Now on the banner above.
 

Employers who require further information please contact FIT at employertechapprenticeship@fit.ie

ICT Associate Professional Tech Apprenticeship was last modified: November 23rd, 2017 by admin