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Software Developer
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Software Developer

Note: This is one of 25 proposed apprenticeship programmes due to be launched in 2016 / 17. If successful, formal details of the proposed programmes are due to be signed off by the Apprenticeship Council in 2016 with training to be available thereafter.

The primary role of a Software Developer is to be able to build, test and modify high-quality computer code.

A developer will typically be working as part of a larger team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall project. The developer will need to be able to interpret design documentation and specifications. Examples of work include information databases, programs that control robotic systems, and cloud and mobile applications.

With experience, you could become a senior developer with responsibility for project management, planning and research, or move into related areas, such as systems design, IT architecture and business systems analysis.

FIT - ICT Associate Professional is a new IT apprenticeship-style (learn & earn) pathway to a career in the technology sector. 

FIT ICT AP is a ‘learning by doing’ format of ICT skills development which has been endorsed by the industry and government. 

It is a two-year programme during which candidates who are competent tech enthusiasts attain a Level 6 ICT and Professional Development Award.

Candidates earn the title of FIT ICT Associate Professional, which is recognised by the industry as effectively demonstrating the application of skill in the work environment.
This is an NFQ Level 5/6 apprenticeship. It is anticipated that 100 places will be available each year.
This apprenticeship programme is not yet validated. Additional information is constantly being added here, as it becomes available. Outline information is correct at August 2016.


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FIT ICT Associate Professional is “learning by doing” format of ICT skills development which has been endorsed by the industry and government. 

This is a two-year programme during which candidates who are competent tech enthusiasts attain a Level 6 ICT and Professional Development Award.

On effectively demonstrating the application of skills in the working environment, candidates also achieve the title of FIT ICT Associate Professional by the industry. 


The first six months are college based where candidates will acquire the technical skills. 

The remaining 18 months are a combination of workplace application and college based learning where candidates will further their training and apply their skills and learning to live projects and tasks within their sponsoring company.


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Energetic tech enthusiasts with a determination to work in the ICT sector.


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An ICT Associate Professional works for their employer while learning the skills they need to become a valuable team member. 

The FIT ICT Associate Professional programme offers technical education and training grounded in practical experience, ensuring that participants are ready for work on completion. The FIT ICT Associate Professional Programme will: 

  • Develop in-demand tech skills.
  • Provide hands-on learning to attain the skills demanded by industry.
  • Provide an opportunity to earn and learn.
  • Award a national qualification over a two-year period.
  • Equip participants with the knowledge and capabilities to progress in a ICT careers.
  • Lead to internationally recognised qualifications.
  • Provide the opportunity to apply theoretical education and training in a real work setting helping to build confidence in your abilities and gain independence.
A FIT ICT Associate Professional spends much of their time training with a company, helping them to effectively learn the skills needed in the work place using modern technology and equipment and getting involved in real-life work processes.


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Training costs for the ICT Associate Professional is funded by the Education and Training Board and so is free to participants.

On completion of the 6 month college-based training period, candidates will recieve from their sponsoring company a weekly allowance as follows: 

Year 1: (from 7th month): €260 - €290 
Year 2: €340 - €385

Source: FIT ICT Associate Professional Candidate Information Leaflet

Being accepted on this proposed Apprenticeship will require a job seeker to first secure an “Apprenticeship Contract” with an approved organisation / employer.

As details of approved organisations become available, they will be included here.

Each approved organisation will determine the particular salary structure for the apprenticeship, which will be communicated at contract negotiation stage with the proposed candidate. 

There will be no difference in rate-of-pay between the time an apprentice spends on-the-job and time in training.


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Age

Generally 18 – 25 years but can be any age. 

Qualifications

Minimum of Leaving Cert or equivalent – all candidates have to satisfy Aptitudes Assessments administered by FIT.


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FIT ICT Associate Professional participants are matched with a Sponsor Company within the ICT Industry who values their talent.

Companies such as Accenture, AOL, AQMetrics, Cork Internet Exchange, Fujitsu, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Stanley Security and Version 1, have embraced this initiative, viewing it as a practical pathway to acquiring in–demand tech skills.

On completion of the programme and having attained the FIT ICTAP Award, it is envisaged that candidates will take up full-time positions with the sponsoring company.

To find out more: e-mail ictap@fit.ie or by phone on 01 8825570.


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Over 7,000 jobs are currently available in ICT sector – as highlighted by the FIT ICT Skills Audit 2014 – 75% of which are at entry and competent levels.On completion of the programme and having attained the FIT ICTAP Award, it is envisaged that candidates will take up full-time positions with the sponsoring company.

Companies such as Accenture, AOL, AQMetrics, Cork Internet Exchange, Fujitsu, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Stanley Security and Version 1, have embraced this initiative, viewing it as a practical pathway to acquiring in-demand tech skills. 

The ICTAP programme is being rolled out in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Athlone and Monaghan. FIT are actively engaging with employers to participate on the programme. 

With experience, you could become a senior developer with responsibility for project management, planning and research, or move into related areas, such as systems design, IT architecture and business systems analysis.

To find out more: e-mail ictap@fit.ie or by phone on 01 8825570.


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