FIT, together with SOLAS and the Educational Training Boards are encouraging people to register at www.fit.ie for one of the 200 places available on the new ‘earn and learn’ course which is aimed at providing students with necessary skils to pursue a career in the technology industry.

The FIT ICT Associate Professional will be piloted from February with 200 students in locations in Dublin, the mid-lands and Cork with a view to national roll-out thereafter. The first of its kind in Ireland, this innovative programme will offer students the opportunity to ‘earn and learn’ as they work in technology companies to secure a tech 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. 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.”

“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 enthusiast acquiring this qualification,” said Peter Davitt, CEO, FIT.

More information about The FIT ICT Associate Professional is available at www.fit.ie or by contacting FIT at 01-8825570.