Pre-Tech Apprenticeships

New Pre-Tech Apprenticeships aim to attract and grow the talent pipeline by providing skills sampling in Software Development, Network Engineering and Cyber Security.

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Pre-Tech Apprenticeships

Pre-Tech Apprenticeships aim to prepare more people to the Tech Apprenticeship route to careers in IT by showcasing tech roles and providing skills sampling in growth areas such as Software Development, Network Engineering and Cybersecurity.

Helping more people discover and develop their talents through tech training

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.

Guiding people to find opportunity through the acquisition of tech skills is at the heart of our mission and we believe Pre-Tech Apprenticeships will greatly improve access to high-quality apprenticeship programmes and the thriving IT careers that follow. 

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Pre-Tech Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to:

  • Lay the foundations of your career in tech
  • Determine if the programme is for you and which stream is your preferred option; Software Development, Network Engineering or Cybersecurity.
  • Engage in practical assignments that focus on both your technical skills and professional development.
  • Enhance your employability in the tech sector
  • Provide you with greater insight of what is required to successfully complete a Tech Apprenticeship.
  • Enhance your prospects of securing a position on a Tech Apprenticeship programme.

Leading to 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 a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Network Engineering (Computer Networking), or Software Development (Computer Programming), or Cybersecurity.

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Network Engineering

NFQ Level 6

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Software Development

NFQ Level 6

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Cybersecurity

NFQ Level 6

Progression to the Tech Apprenticeship

  • Candidates must be 18 years or older and be numerate and literate with the capacity to learn new skills and absorb varied product knowledge.
  • Candidates should have completed a Leaving Certificate with pass grades in at least five Ordinary level subjects (including Maths and English) or a 06/H7 or higher in the Leaving Certificate in five or more subjects.
  • Candidates who have successfully completed other further or higher education award(s) that are nationally recognised may also apply and will be assessed by the FIT Registrar though the FIT Recognition of Prior Learning procedure.

Upcoming locations

Colaiste Dhulaigh (Dublin)

Liberties College (Dublin)

Greenhills (Dublin)

Transition Centre (Dublin Under 18s)

St Johns College (Cork)

"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."
Liam Ryan speaking
Liam Ryan
MD, SAP Ireland

Candidates guide

Pre-Tech Apprenticeships provide skills sampling in preparation for successful progression and participation on a Tech Apprenticeship. Download the Programme Syllabus below. 

Enquire about the Pre-Tech Apprenticeship

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