Initiatives & Campaigns

eSkills 2015


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FIT Ltd is the National Contact Point for the European eSkills for Jobs campaign which ran during 2014 and is going to continue to run through 2015 and 2016.  The campaign is designed to promote awareness that there is an IT skills gap in Europe.

What is the The IT Skills Gap?

The IT skills gap is the shortfall between how many IT roles are and will be available in Europe over the next number of years and the amount of people skilled in IT to perform those roles. The figure may be as high as 900,000 more jobs than IT Professional by the end of 2015. You can access the eSkills for Jobs Manifesto here. FIT Ltd published an ICT Skills Audit report in October 2014. The report included a survey of almost 100 IT companies in Ireland and the results showed that in October 2014 there was 7000 jobs in Ireland that employers were finding very difficult to fill. 

What are the campaign focuses?

The eSkills for Jobs campaign has several key areas that it is focusing on to highlight the skills gap issue and promote the ICT sector.

Youth – There is a focus on encouraging young people from to consider a career in IT at the point where they are making decisions about their future.  FIT have recently introduced a new dual education initiative called the FIT ICT Associate Professional programme. The aim of the programme is to offer an alternative route into the ICT Industry other than a Computer Science Degree.  For more information check out our ICT AP page.      

The Unemployed – Europe has been experiencing a recession over the last number of years and yet there are a large number of job vacancies in the IT industry. FIT upskill the unemployed in the area of IT from basic IT courses to more advanced courses. We work with the ETBI (Education and Training Board Ireland) to run courses through different unemployment programmes. You can check out our range of courses here.

You will also find a job search facility on our website.  We have created our search engine in associate with indeed.  Check out our Job search page here

Enterprise and Policy Makers – eSkills is focused on engaging companies and policy makers in the process of encouraging youth and the unemployed to consider a career in IT going forward. FIT is an Industry led initiative, our board of directors include some of the largest IT companies in the world along with a number of SME’s (small and medium enterprises). FIT develop their curriculum by working with industry to ascertain where the gaps in the job market are. We develop a skills audit report based on our work with industry bi-annually.  You can find the most recent skills audit report here.

If you own a business or work in a business and you think you might like to work with FIT by adding your experiences to our skills audit, working with our students by giving them experience in your company, request candidates for jobs openings or offering your support in other ways please check out the employers section of our website.

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Events:

We raise awareness of eSkills and the gap in the skills market through attendance at a variety of events.

eSkills High Level European Conferences

Riga – 13/03/2015
Luxembourg –  December 2015

DSP Education and Training Fairs

  • Ashbourne Community Centre 26/02/2015
  • Coolock, Parnells GAA Club 04/03/2015
  • Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre 20/03/2015

Which Course Expo 2015

RDS Serpentine Hall – 05/09/2015 & 06/09/2015

Career Zoo

National Convention Centre Dublin – 21/02/2015
National Convention Centre Dublin – 12/09/2015

Jobs Expo 2015
Croke Park – Saturday & Sunday, 17th & 18th October 2015

FIT Student Company Visits

  • Digital Hub 27/01/2015
  • Axonista 26/01/2015
  • Cisco 03/02/2015

GOLW 2015 

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This year GOLW ran from the 23-29 March 2015.  FIT organised training and promoted GOLW through information stands at a variety of locations.  For more information about GOLW click here.

IT Professional’s Day

On Monday 27th April, the first every IT Professional’s Day occurred.  The day was created by The ICS (Irish Computer Society) and the event on the day marked the opening of the ICS’s annual Tech Week.  The event brought together IT Practitioners to talk about what it means to be an IT Professional and the future of the IT Industry.  FIT CEO Peter Davitt spoke at the event along with Andre Richier Principal Administrator at the European Commission. Below are some photos from the Event.

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eSkills Ambassadors

Manus Hanratty – FIT4Jobs
Dominic Coll – Ballymun Men’s Centre

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eSkills 2015 was last modified: March 8th, 2016 by admin