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The New Tech A

Redefining the concept of ‘Hire Education’

ICT Associate Professional is the new National Apprenticeship Programme for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s buoyant technology sector. Over 12,000 jobs are currently available in tech – as highlighted by the recent FIT ICT Skills Audit. 75% of these roles can be facilitated through tech apprenticeship programmes, providing immediate employment opportunities for job seekers and students.

Who is the programme for? Age: Programme is aimed at 1825 year olds but all adults (18+) can apply. Qualifications: A minimum of Leaving Cert (or equivalent). All candidates have to meet Aptitudes Assessments administered by FIT. Attitude: All candidates should be energetic tech enthusiasts with a determination to work in the ICT sector. The first six months of the programme involve intensive off-the-job training in a dedicated technology training centre. The remaining 18 months are a combination of on-thejob experience supplemented with training centre instruction. All training costs of the apprentices are covered by the State. FIT manages all aspects of the programme and co-ordinates employer input. Participating companies employ the apprentice throughout their apprentice-

ship and facilitate the on-the-job application of learning. Apprentices hone their skills while contributing to product development, technological advancement and talent development. Apprentices employed under contract receive payment to the value of €260 - €290 p.w. in the first year and €340 - €385 p.w. in year two. On successful completion of the programme, qualified apprentices typically progress into full-time positions within their sponsoring companies. This enhances the talent portfolio while increasing productivity and competitiveness in those enterprises. What is the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship programme? This new programme adopts a learning-by-doing format of ICT skills development, giving new 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, and culminates in the

"This programme brings experience and thinking and has enabled us to broaden our talent pool to shape the workforce we need to help clients succeed" Hilary O'Meara Managing Director, Accenture Ireland

attainment of the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship Award. Participating companies are keen to recruit smart people with smart skills and this new programme will enable participants to 'earn while they learn'. In September 2017, FIT was appointed by the Apprenticeship Council to deliver two technology apprenticeships at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFO). A pilot programme was 'road-tested' by over 150 leading technology companies who sponsored 249 candidates over a two year period. The feedback from these tech companies on the calibre of talent they attained was exemplary. What are the key benefits to companies? • Widen your access to highly motivated tech enthusiasts with bespoke skills • Grow tech-savvy teams efficiently • Bring fresh thinking and energy to new technology and product development

How does the programme work? Employer is approved and apprentices registered. Tech company recruits apprentices for a 2 year programme in either Software Development or Network Engineering.

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Profile for Michael  Farrell

Education Magazine 31-3  

Education Magazine 31-3