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The success of FIT is built on wide collaboration, co-operation and mutual trust. The involvement of industry in the FIT initiative from the outset has been key to its success. FIT strategy and leadership is informed by senior industry executives. The Board of FIT comprises of major multinational companies and indigenous corporations who are utilising their capacity and expertise to promote employability and upskilling of job seekers at risk of becoming detached from the labour market in Ireland.

Industry stakeholders inform strategy, act as advocators and ambassadors, inform curriculum development and promote FIT graduates. This industry engagement ensures that the FIT initiative is flexible and adaptive to new market conditions as they emerge. Other partners such as ETBs (Formerly VEC) and community organisations also value the engagement with industry which being a partner in the FIT initiative ensures.

Industry has championed the FIT mission and goals, and created a network of organisations who now view FIT as an element of their recruitment strategies. Many FIT graduates have received job placements or work experience in FIT stakeholder companies. As well as supplying a recruitment stream to industry, FIT fulfills Corporate Social Responsibility programmes which promote labour market integration and social inclusion.

Training Excellence

FIT works with a number of training partners in the delivery of Training for Employment and Digital Inclusion programmes. Our primary collaborators in education and training include SOLAS, Education Training Boards Ireland, Higher Level Institutions, Leargas, Local Employment Service Networks, Area Partnerships, Companies, Leader Companies and Local Authorities. The work of these parties is tantamount to the success of FIT and the quality of graduates, for this FIT are extremely grateful to all those involved for their continued collaboration and support.

FIT works with Industry and education providers in developing market orientated curricula and resources which are used for FIT programmes.  ETB’s (Formerly VEC) provide training which supports the role of FIT. Thereafter, the job seekers are assisted by FIT in gaining employment through advice and information on labour market trends and developments. Graduates enter the workplace with marketable skills as a result of the high standard of training received as part of their FIT Training for Employment course.

Training programmes are continually updated to reflect market changes. New courses are also being developed and adapted to meet the changing needs of the labour market. FIT is currently researching the development of programmes in the following sectors: mobile technologies, cloud computing, medical device maintenance and renewable energy technologies.

Training providers recognise the value and relevance of what FIT offer students in terms of links with industry, accreditation and helping marginalised job seekers. FIT’s ongoing work on the development of new curricula allows for collaboration with ETB’s  on pilot schemes in new ares of technology orientated training.

Acknowledgments

With thanks to the invaluable support of the following organisations and their staff, SOLAS, ETBI, ETBs, JP Morgan, QQI, The Apprenticeship Council, Dept. of Education & Skills, Dept. of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Dept. of Social Protection, IBEC and all of our Board Companies.

Partners was last modified: June 29th, 2017 by admin