ICT Apprenticeships

Become a Tech Apprentice

As Ireland’s Tech Sector continues to boom, why not consider the apprenticeship route to kick-start your career? If you enjoy learning by doing, gaining invaluable experience, and getting paid at the same time, then this is for you!

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ICT Apprenticeships

Become a Tech Apprentice

As Ireland’s technology sector continues to grow, why not consider the apprenticeship route to fast track your career. If you enjoy learning by doing, gaining skills and valuable experience while earning – the Tech Apprenticeship is the ideal route for you.

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What is the ICT Associate Apprenticeship programme?

FIT was appointed Coordinating Provider by the Apprenticeship Council for the delivery of three Technology Apprenticeship programmes placed at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).  Today the portfolio of Tech Apprenticeships includes the Software Development Associate, Computer Networking Associate and Cybersecurity Apprenticeship programmes, with plans to enhance the provision in response to Industry demands.

Your pathway to a rewarding career in Ireland's thriving tech sector

The Tech Apprenticeship programme adopt a learning-by-doing format of ICT skills development, giving meaning to the concept of ‘hire education’. Over a two-year period, the programme combines off-the-job skills training with on-the-job application for a well-rounded learning experience. The opportunities are endless as more and more companies look to the apprenticeship model as a talent strategy.

Projected growth of the programme

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Tech Apprentices by 2025

Three distinct career paths

The Tech Apprenticeship programme currently offers 3 distinct career paths, with more to follow. Upon successful completion of a programme the apprentice attains a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Computer Networking, Software Development, or Cybersecurity as applicable.

Computer Networking

NFQ Level 6

Software Development

NFQ Level 6


NFQ Level 6

Benefits of the programme


What is the application process?

Step 2
Attend a scheduled Information
and Aptitude session
Step 3
Attend an interview with FIT
Step 4
Participate in a CV and Interview
Preparation Workshop
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Training costs

Off-the-job training costs are entirely government funded. FIT manages all aspects of the programme and co-ordinates employer input.

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Career Progression

On successful completion of the programme, qualified apprentices have the potential to progress into full-time positions with their employers.


FIT will provide access to wellbeing supports, through one to one’s and/or group workshops which focus on stress management and wellbeing strategies e.g. mindfulness and time management. Support will also be provided when transitioning into the workplace in the form of workshops and progress reviews.

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Salary Guideline

For Apprentices that have commenced a programme post 2023, FIT would recommend as a guideline that Apprentices employed under a contract of employment would receive a payment no less than the value of €314 weekly in the first year and €408 weekly in year two.

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On-the-job learning

Participating companies employ the apprentice throughout their apprenticeship and facilitate the on-the-job application of learning.

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Programme Access and Entry Requirements

FIT recruits candidates who express an interest in joining the programme by completing an online application form available on www.fit.ie. In the first instance, the application is subject to screening regarding the defined criteria noted. Successful candidates will also be registered with SOLAS as the regulatory authority for the registration of apprentices in Ireland.

All candidates will be required to meet the specific entry requirements. Once the screening process has been finalised/completed, FIT will organise interviews between candidates and prospective host employers who will provide the mentored work placement opportunity to the candidate. The employer will select the applicant(s) to whom they will offer a role in their organisation as a full time employee for the duration of the programme. This decision is exclusively made by the employer and FIT has no role in influencing that decision-making process.

Since 2018, FIT has instigated several supports for candidates who may have additional support needs and who notify FIT of a disability at the candidate application stage. These supports range from assistance navigating the candidate application process to ongoing support during participation in the programme. 3.1 Specific Entry Requirements Minimum candidate entry requirements are as follows

Specific Entry Requirements

 Minimum candidate entry requirements are as follows:

• Must be 18 years or older, • Will be required to complete an initial aptitude test,

• Must have achieved a passing grade (or O6/H7) in 5 or more subjects to include Maths and English (Ordinary Level) in the Irish Leaving Certificate,

• Must be eligible to participate in Further Education and Training programmes,

• Must be entitled to study and work in Ireland (for non-EU/ EEA candidates that is subsequent to your application, we will be in touch regarding visa eligibility)

Equivalence may be decided through the Recognition of Prior Learning procedure for those who may not hold a suitable Leaving Certificate. In addition, those who have completed a FIT recognised Pre-Tech Apprenticeship programme will be able to furnish evidence of the same along with a copy of their Junior Certificate parchment/certificate.

Key candidate skills and attributes are as follows:

• Must be numerate and literate,

• Have good learning skills,

• Be interested in technology and customer service,

• Have the ability to absorb product knowledge,

• Be motivated and analytical,

• Possess good communication skills, pleasant personality, be determined to succeed,

• Have excellent interpersonal skills,

• Be able to work as a team member, be adaptable and flexible

The great news is that there is no deadline for applying as we recruit all year round. You can complete an application form here. You will then be invited to an information session with the FIT team in due course.

All of the off-the-job learning takes place in Education and Training Boards (ETBs) nationwide in the modalities of either in-person or through live webinar, while the on-the-job learning is carried in-company with the support of your sponsor employer.

The apprenticeship is suitable for those enjoy practical learning, have an aptitude and passion for IT and are keen to enter the world of work.

All participants who are applying for our Tech Apprenticeships must have a minimum of a full Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) which includes a pass in Mathematics and English at Ordinary Level, to be eligible for the programme.

You can apply for a Tech Apprenticeship at any time and once we begin recruiting for your chosen programme, you will be invited to an information and aptitude session. To apply for a Tech Apprenticeship please click here.

Yes, it is possible to find your own company.

Thank you for your interest on becoming on a Tech apprentice. Please add details confirming that you have found your own company in the application form here (in the response section to the question ‘Why would like to be considered’) and a member of our Tech apprenticeship team will contact you shortly to arrange the next steps. Our Tech Apprenticeship team member will discuss all details and requirements with you and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to supporting your Tech apprenticeship journey.

"Apprenticeships will play a critical part in providing access to a new talent pool of people with the right tech skills and know-how that are growing in demand in industry."
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Liam Ryan
MD, SAP Ireland

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Apply for a Tech Apprenticeship today. Registration is open all year round.

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