Monthly Archives: December 2014

ICTAP Tech Careers Fair, 9th December, RDS, 10am – 12pm

A free tech careers fair for FIT ICTAP is being held at the RDS on the 9th of December at 10am.

FIT ICT Associate Professional is an ‘apprenticeship type’ opportunity in the tech sector where candidates will be sponsored while they ‘earn and learn’ by leading tech companies such as Accenture, AQmetrics, CIX, Fujitsu, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Version 1 etc.  It is a two year Level 6 programme after which successful candidates will progress their careers within the ICT Sector.

For more information about the programme visit our ICTAP Page

Register to attend the event ICTAP Tech Fair

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Launch of FIT ICT Associate Professional

Educational scheme for ICT sector to be piloted by FIT

ICT associate professional initiative will allow students to ‘earn as they learn’

Author: Pamela Newenham – The Irish Times

Fast-track to IT (FIT), along with further education and training authority Solas and the education and training boards, is to pilot a new ICT associate professional initiative whereby students will earn as they learn.

The initiative, beginning in February, will launch new courses that combine college- based learning with work- based training. This will broaden the choices available to prospective employees, particularly those who favour learning by doing.

The pilot programme will cater for 200 people over the coming year in Dublin, the midlands and Cork. Students will receive a salary as they work to secure a qualificationrecognised by the tech sector.

A 2014 skills audit highlighted a strong demand in the IT industry for people with university degrees and doctorates, but also vacancies for people with IT skills at levels five and six on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The audit found that more than 75 per cent of ICT skills currently needed by employers are at entry and competent levels, and are thus accessible to candidates who undertake technology training programmes ranging from six to 24 months at levels five and six on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Peter Davitt, chief executive of Fit, said the new ICT initiative is intended to address the skills shortage that has led to thousands of job vacancies in ICT, while providing young people with a new route to careers in technology.

Attractive choice

IBM Ireland managing director Peter O’Neill welcomed the new educational model, saying it will give young people a really attractive choice when they consider their options for the future. “The Fit ICT skills audit validated something that we have known for years: not all IT skills require degree-level qualifications. There are lots of opportunities for people with proficient technical skills. Not only does this allow more people to join a dynamic sector, but it also helps employers to hire people at the right level for the appropriate job.”

Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English said there had been a radical overhaul of further education and training in recent years with the establishment of Solas and the education and training boards. “The Fit ICT associate professional [initiative] is a very tangible result from these changes and one which I believe will play a critical role in meeting the needs of both businesses and young people who are seeking rewarding work in our growing economy,” he said.