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200 ICT Gateway Course Places with FIT

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200 ICT Gateway Course Places with FIT

Tuesday, January 06, 2015 

200 ICT Gateway Course Places with FIT

200 places have been made available on ‘earn and learn’ courses aimed at providing a career path into the technology industry.

FIT, with SOLAS and the Educational Training Boards, is encouraging people to register at for places for the FIT ICT Associate Professional qualification.

FIT (FastTrack Into Technology), is an industry-led initiative working in close collaboration with government departments, national education and training agencies, local development organisations and community based organisations, with primary partners in education and training such as SOLAS, ETBs (Formerly VEC), third level institutions, Leargas, leader companies, rapid coordinators, local authorities and employment pacts.

Its mission is to promote an inclusive smart economy “by creating a fast track to marketable technical skills for those at risk of unemployment long term”.

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.

The FIT ICT Associate Professional will be piloted from February with 200 students in Dublin, the mid-lands and Cork with a view to national roll-out thereafter.

The programme will offer students the opportunity to earn and learn as they work in technology companies to secure a technology sector recognised qualification.

“The programme combines college-based learning with work-based training, facilitating a more hands-on approach to skills development than traditional learning environments,” said Peter Davitt, CEO, FIT.

“Employers have welcomed the introduction of the FIT ICT Associate Professional qualification because of the focus it places on gaining technical skills and experience that will enable course participants to hit the ground running when they move fully into the workplace environment. And we have every reason to believe that employers will be very welcoming of those who complete the courses. As highlighted in the FIT ICT Skills Audit 2014, there are currently 7,000 vacancies in the ICT sector of which 5,000 could be filled within a two year period by young tech enthusiasts acquiring this qualification.”

Full details of the FIT Associate Professional IT Apprenticeship is available here.


The CareersPortal Team