Following on from yesterday’s announcement regarding their ICT training programme which will allow students “earn and learn” as they prepare for a career in the Tech sector, FIT together with SOLAS and the Educational Training Boards have announced details of a Tech Career Fair which will take place on December 9th from 10am – 12pm in the Minerva Suite in the RDS.

 At FIT we have long understood that some people favour learning while doing and these new courses will enable people to begin careers in the technology industry as part of the education process. Employers will influence the skills provided as part of the FIT ICT Associate Professional qualification, which means that those who complete the courses will have the right expertise and will already have spent time in the work environment.” said Peter Davitt, CEO, FIT.

“Research tells us that there are as many as 5,000 existing vacancies appropriate for people with the qualification, so we look forward to bringing it on stream for the first 200 students in locations in Dublin, the mid-lands and Cork early next year in advance of a national rollout. At the RDS on December 9th, we’ll be explaining exactly what’s involved and would urge people to register their interest in attending at www.fit.ie,” he continued.

Attendees of next week’s expo will hear from a range of industry speakers as they learn about the new FIT ICT Associate Professional courses. They will have an opportunity to engage with companies with open roles, learn from experts on the subject of CV and interview preparation, and bolster their knowledge around the use of social media in search of a job. Companies such as Accenture, Fujitsu, IBM, Microsoft and SAP will give attendees an insight into pursuing a career in technology.

Peter O’Neill, Managing Director, IBM Ireland said: “We welcome the announcement of this new strand of education and training. The FIT ICT Skills Audit validated something that we have known for years – not all IT skills require degree level qualifications. There are lots of opportunities for people with proficient technical skills.”

Not only does this allow more people to join a dynamic sector but it also helps employers to hire people at the right level for the appropriate job – ensuring job satisfaction as well as professional and financial rewards as they progress and add to their skills base. We believe that the addition of this new qualification will bring fundamental change to how companies think about their skills needs and hopefully it will give young people a really attractive choice when they consider their options for the future.”

More information about the expo and the qualification are available at www.fit.ie or by contacting FIT at 01-8825570. People can also register for next week’s free event at www.fit.ie.