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