Tech apprenticeships to redefine concept of ‘hire education’

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Pictured: Paul Sweetman, Technology Ireland; Hilary O’Meara, Accenture; Peter Davitt, FIT; and Daniel Chew, IT trainee

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23 November 2017 | 0

Fast Track into Information Technology (FIT) with the support of Accenture, SOLAS, Education and Training Boards and the Apprenticeship Council have introduced two technology apprenticeships at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The ICT Associate Professional Software Developer and ICT Associate Professional Network Engineer apprenticeships will be open to people of Leaving Cert standard or equivalent and will use a ‘learning by doing’ format of skills development combining classtoom learning with on-site experience with an industry partner.

Training costs of the two-year apprenticeships will be covered by the state through the National Training Fund. FIT manages all aspects of the programme and coordinates employer input.

FIT has set a combined target of 1,000 participants by 2021.

“Research that FIT is currently concluding into skills needs indicate current vacancies in the tech sector to be in the thousands and growing,” said Peter Davitt, CEO, FIT.

“We believe 75% of these roles can be addressed in a timely manner through the new tech apprenticeships to the benefit of indigenous companies as well as the multi-nationals located in Ireland and most importantly to the benefit of those wishing to pursue a fulfilling career in the sector.”

Hilary O’Meara, a managing director, Accenture Ireland, said: “We are delighted to welcome 13 participants in the FIT ICT Associate Professional Software Development programme into Accenture this week which is part of the pilot initiative that preceded and informed the new Tech Apprenticeships.

“Participating companies, such as ourselves, sponsor trainees during the programme, allowing them to earn while developing important skills working with our teams and our clients. This programme brings increased diversity of experience and thinking and has enabled us to broaden our talent pool to shape the workforce we need to help clients succeed. Participants from the pilot programmes have been hired as Accenture employees at the end of their journey.”

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