ICTAP Pre-Tech Apprenticeship Programme

"Providing skills sampling in Network Engineer, Software Development, Security, Project Management & Employability Skills in preparation for successful progression and participation on a Tech Apprenticeship."



1. Introduction

Apprenticeships are an exciting and proven way for employers to develop talent for their company and industry. They pave the way to exciting and rewarding careers, with learning grounded in the practical experience of undertaking a real job. Apprentices earn while they learn and build valuable work-ready skills in a chosen occupation.

Helping more people discover and develop their talents through training is at the heart of the national apprenticeship system. This Pre-Tech Apprenticeship programme is aimed at candidates who wish to pursue a Tech Apprenticeship but are unsure of which programme to choose or who may not currently satisfy the eligibility criteria.

There are currently three Tech Apprenticeships available namely i) Network Engineer Apprenticeship ii) Software Developer Apprenticeship and iii) Cybersecurity.

I) ICT Associate Professional Network Engineer Apprenticeship: A network specialist designs, installs, maintains and supports communication networks within and between organisations. They understand network topologies, cloud services, network administration and monitoring tools and are able to give technical advice and guidance. Typical job titles for people with this skillset include: Network Engineer, Network Technician, Network Specialist, Systems Engineer, Network Administrator or Network Support.

II) ICT Associate Professional Software Developer: A software developer, also known as a computer programmer, builds and tests high-quality code across front-end, logic and database layers. Developers typically work as part of a larger team, in which they have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall project. Software products, applications and services are widely used across many sectors and potentially, all sectors in a modern economy. Most ICT Associate Professional Software Developers will work in the ICT sector industries that research, develop, design, sell, install and maintain software products and services. However, a large number will work in other sectors which use, develop and apply software solutions to support their activity. Typical job roles include those of Web Developer, Application Developer, Mobile App Developer, Games Developer and Software Developer.

III) Cybersecurity Professionals: are charged with keeping data safe. In a digital society where everything is connected, it is critical that apprentices understand how networks are created, the flow of data and how it can be kept secure. Protecting data requires a knowledge of the threat landscape, tools and technologies to protect an organization, security architecture, managing identity, risk management and cryptography practices and implementation. All specialists in this occupation work to achieve required security outcomes in a legal and regulatory context in all parts of the economy. They develop and apply practical knowledge of information security to deliver solutions that fulfil organisational requirements. They understand network topologies, cloud services, network administration and monitoring tools. They are able to give technical advice and guidance. Typical job titles for people with this skillset include: Cloud Security Specialist, Penetration Tester, IT Security Engineer, Risk Analyst, Security Sales Engineer, Cybersecurity Specialist, Information / Cybersecurity Analyst, Associate Cybersecurity Support Engineer, Information Security Assurance & Threat Analyst, Forensics & Incident Response Analyst, Security Engineer, Information Security/Governance Officer, Security Administrator, Information Security Officer.

The Tech Apprenticeships are two-year programmes designed for those who have recently completed second level education or mature learners who are seeking to retrain. It is a dualeducation programme involving both college-based and workplace learning. The college-based

learning is state-funded, and Apprentices receive a salary from their employer while on the programme. The programmes provide learners with the theoretical and practical skills required to secure and retain employment in tech related sectors as computer networking specialists or as software developers.

            Course Duration: 16 Weeks 

2. A Pre-Tech Apprenticeship Programme Option:

This course developed by FIT with the Support of Salesforce is aimed at assisting candidates wishing to pursue a Tech Apprenticeship programme to determine their level of interest and suitability and to decide whether the Network Engineer Software Developer or Cybersecurity is their preferred Apprenticeship option by which to pursue a career in the tech sector. The programme is a composite of City & Guilds (C&G) modules, practical assignments combined with professional development, project management and employability skills. The C&G modules are constituent elements of technical qualifications that are comparable to level 5 major awards placed on the National Framework of Qualifications. Successful completion of each module will provide participants with greater insight of what is required to successfully complete a Tech Apprenticeship, inform them whether Network Engineer, Software Developer or Cybersecurity is their career of choice and finally prepare them to successfully complete an interview with a sponsoring tech employer. Sucessful completion of this Pre-Tech Apprenticeship Propgramme will fullfil the eligibilty criteria necessary to progress to a Tech Apprenticeship.


3. Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements are as follows.


  • Must have a Junior Cert or equivalent.

Skills and Attributes.


  1.  Must be numerate and literate, with good learning skills.
  2. Demonstrate interest in technology and customer service.
  3. Be motivated and enthusiastic.
  4. Possess good communication skills, pleasant personality, be determined to succeed and good interpersonal skills.
  5. Be a team player, adaptable and flexible.
Pre-Tech Apprenticeship Programme was last modified: January 22nd, 2020 by admin