Learn and Earn


FIT (an industry-led initiative which works in close collaboration with government departments) are pleased to announce the commencement of their new pilot dual education apprenticeship style format of ICT Skills training and development which has been endorsed by the IT industry and is government funded in Dundalk starting in September 2016.

This ‘learn and earn’ model of provision is a two year programme during which the candidates attain a Level 6 ICT Diploma and Professional Development Qualification by City & Guilds and the title of FIT ICT Associate Professional by industry. The first 6 months is college based where candidates acquire the technical acumen. The remaining 18 months are a combination of work-place application and college-based learning where candidates will further their skills development and apply their learning to live projects within their sponsoring company. The FIT ICT Associate Professional training is funded by SOLAS and the Education & Training boards the first 6 months is full time training in college funded by the government, and in the 7th month of the programme, the candidates receive a training allowance of between €260-€290 per week from their sponsor company for the remainder of the first year and in the second year they receive between €340-€385 per week from their sponsoring companies, which makes it very cost effective for companies interested in recruiting a Systems Engineer/IT Technician.

The programme in Dundalk is for the training of System Engineers/IT Technicians all candidates are recruited locally and are of high calibre with most of them having previous experience or knowledge of IT. Please find attached the employer brochure and programme content document for this programme, any companies interested in gaining more information or interviewing a candidate for this programme please contact Deirdre Arnold FIT 087/9480985 (deirdrearnold@fit.ie) or Carmel Smith LMETB Dundalk.

More information can be found on their website http://www.fit.ie and in the attached documents.

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