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?

The ICT Associate Apprenticeship is the new national Tech Apprenticeship Programme for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s buoyant IT sector.

FIT was appointed Coordinating Provider by the Apprenticeship Council for the delivery of Technology Apprenticeships at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Today the portfolio of Tech Apprenticeships includes Software Development, Network Engineering & Cybersecurity with plans to enhance the provision over time in response to industry demands.

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

This national Tech Apprenticeship programme adopts 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.

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Three distinct career paths

The Tech Apprenticeship programme currently offers 3 distinct career paths, with more to follow. Upon successful completion of the programme apprentices attain an QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Network Engineering (Computer Networking), or Software Development (Computer Programming), or Cybersecurity.

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Network Engineering

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Software Development

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Cybersecurity

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Benefits of the programme

Apprentices

  • Acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of the latest technologies supporting innovation
  • Gain hands-on technical experience in a real working environment ensuring application of learning and increased productivity
  • Develop business and interpersonal skills such as teamwork, customer-facing skills and project management
  • Lay the foundations for an exciting future tech career and 'earn as you learn'

Employers

  • Widen access to highly motivated tech enthusiasts with bespoke skills
  • Grow tech-savvy teams efficiently
  • Bring fresh thinking and energy to new technologies and product development
  • Free up experienced staff to do what they do best

What is the application process?

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Attend a scheduled Information
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Attend an interview with FIT
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Participate in a CV and Interview
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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.

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Salary Guideline

Apprentices employed under contract receive payment to the value of €260 - €290 weekly in the first year and €340 - €385 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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Applicant FAQs

FIT accepts a number of different entry routes into the Tech Apprenticeship Programme depending on your own individual background. Applicants must be 18 years or older with the eligibility to work and live in Ireland. FIT warmly welcome applications from all genders, and from candidates who may have a physical or hidden disability. The following stipulations will apply when considering your application:

Education Criteria

 

Republic of Ireland

Candidates should have completed a Leaving Certificate with pass grades in at least five Ordinary level subjects (including Maths and English).

United Kingdom

Candidates should have completed a second-level education equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. This may be composed of the attainment of ‘A Levels’ subject based qualification (General Certificate of Education).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Candidates who wish to apply for entry, and who do not satisfy any of the standard entry requirements are advised; that an evidenced and justifiable rationale will have to be provided for consideration to be entered into the selection process. This will include the submission of a detailed synopsis of previous educational, life and/or work experiences. The FIT Registrar or delegate will review such cases with regard to the FIT Policy on Access, Transfer and Progression.

Knowledge, Skill and Personal Competence (upon application)

Candidates must be numerate and literate with the capacity to learn new skills and absorb varied product knowledge. In addition, candidates must demonstrate a capacity to work as a member of a team and display a capacity to clearly communicate with others. Each candidate must demonstrate a level of personal motivation and a clear desire to work in the field of ICT.

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 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.

"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

Candidates guide

Check out our Tech Apprenticeship candidate information brochure for all you need to know.

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Your pathway to an exciting ICT career begins here

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

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