About FIT

What We Do

Upskilling Job Seekers

Job seekers are central to the role of FIT, and in particular those who are vulnerable to long term unemployment. Graduate surveys for those who started courses show that 64% of graduates had been unemployed for more than one year before starting a FIT training programme.

FIT programmes are carefully tailored to give job seekers new marketable skills to compete for sustainable jobs in the emerging knowledge economy. FIT courses are accessible and results are achievable even for people who may not have taken part in formal education for many years.

The course structure allows for support and career guidance with a target of employment after the course.

FIT focuses on the future potential rather than the past history of participants. FIT supports graduates for three years after they complete a course to establish if they are working, in further education or are in need of supports to look for work or education.

Training Excellence

FIT Graduates enter the workplace with marketable skills as a result of the high standard of training they receive. FIT is engaged in the mobilisation and engagement of job seekers. Solas and ETBs (Formerly VEC) provides the training supported by FIT. Thereafter the job seekers are facilitated by the FIT Placement team which provides advice, guidance and information on job hunting and available opportunities.

FIT works with industry, Solas and ETBs in developing market orientated curricula and resources which are used for a curriculum. As part of this ongoing development of training provision FIT has also helped to equip marginalised communities with PCs and interactive whiteboard technologies.

Industry’s collaboration on aspects of the curriculum, work experience placements, internships and adding expertise through the Board of Directors have been a key factor in the success of the FIT programmes. A Curriculum Development Subgroup made up of 18 industry experts meets regularly to actively revise and develop course which reflect the current technologies and skillsets which are most desirable for industry when recruiting.The existence of the Curriculum Development Subgroup acknowledges that training must respond to market conditions and emerging job opportunities.

Promoting Smart People with Smart Skills

FIT equips participants with in-demand skills when entering the job market. FIT not only provides job seekers with a training option but also the expertise to compete in the labour market.

FIT interacts fully at all levels of the student’s education and progression. From developing the courses to recruitng and screening of candidates, regular review meetings for monitoring student’s progress and provision of supports for students. The different stakeholders regularly meet to ensure participants get a quality experience.

Training programmes are continually updated and developed, many new ideas for courses will be informed by emerging technologies and skills areas such as mobile technologies, cloud computing, big data, medical device maintenance and renewable energy technologies.

Recently FIT  successfully piloted a course in Wind Turbine Maintenance which is an area of growth in the Irish Economy as we move towards renewable energy sources.

Training providers recognise the value and relevance of what FIT offers students in terms of links with industry, accreditation, progression supports and assisting marginalised job seekers. FIT’s ongoing work on develoment of new curricula allows the collaboration with Solas and ETBs on pilot schemes in new areas of technology orientated training.

FIT Training for Employment Courses

All FIT Training for Employment Programmes are particularly catered towards those coming from, or at risk of, long term unemployment. Programmes are designed in conjunction with industry and education experts to ensure that FIT graduates gain both personal and professional skills necessary to progress on completion of their programme. The aim of all FIT Programmes is to assist those currently distant from the workforce in gaining the skills and abilities to compete more effectively within the labour market. FIT Training & Employment Officers are at hand to assist FIT learners through the duration of their course and for a period of three years on completion of the programme. All courses include the FIT World of Work supports in addition to course specific modules.

FIT Training for Employment Programmes cover a wide range of topics, all with an IT focus. FIT courses range from introductory digital programmes FETAC Level 4 modules to more advanced area specific FETAC Level 5 and 6 programmes to advanced IT Programmes which are industry ceritfied (CompTIA, Microsoft, CCNA, SAP). Courses are delivered in conjunction with Vocational Education Committees, Solas and external contracted trainining providers. All programmes are monitored closely by FIT to ensure that the needs of all involved in the programme are met.

In a recent survey, 70% those who had completed FIT programmes were in employment, self-employed or in further education or training. Currently there is a large number of graduates of FIT programmes competing for ‘live’ job opportunities with the assistance of FIT Placement Officers as we experience recruitment demands from the tech and related sectors reminiscent of pre-recession times.

Putting Policy into Action

FIT recognises that engaging and motivating groups from every aspect of Irish life will be essential in creating a functioning inclusive Smart Economy. FIT strategies are complementary to and in support of various national policies in the areas of National development, social policies, skills development and enterprise.

FIT actions reflect several of the priorities of the “A Strategy for growth: Medium-Term Economic Strategy 2012 – 2020” and “The National Reform Programme 2014”.

In the context of the Europe 2020 the Human Capital Priority within this plan highlights lifelong learning as a guiding principle for education and training policy.

FIT fulfils areas of this plan including the focus to “up-skill the workforce through promoting access to appropriate training and lifelong learning; expand the workforce through the activiation of groups such as the unemployed, people with disabilities, lone parents, travellers, ex-offenders, women and older people as well as the implementation of an appropriate skills based migration policy”

With regard to Social Inclusion FIT works with the groups outlined including people with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds and FIT provides these groups with the ‘education skills and training necessary for active participation in society’.

What We Do was last modified: June 29th, 2017 by admin