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This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.

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New Tech Apprenticeships commencing first quarter of 2018

FIT reveal that this is the first of its kind in Ireland and they hope to target of 1,000 participants a year by 2021.

FIT has announced a new tech apprenticeship initiative comprising of two technology apprenticeships at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) namely:

ICT Associate Professional Software Developer

Associate Professional Network Engineer

FIT Ltd. (Fast Track into Information Technology Limited) with the support of Accenture, SOLAS, Education and Training Boards and the Apprenticeship Council reveal that this is the first of its kind in Ireland and they hope to target of 1,000 participants a year by 2021.

The Tech Apprenticeship Structure will involve:

The first six months of the programme is intensive college-based learning where apprentices are equipped with the necessary technical acumen. The remaining 18 months are a combination of on-the-job experience with participating countries, supplemented with college-based instruction.

Participating companies pay candidates throughout the apprenticeship and facilitate the on-the-job learning, thereby enabling apprentices to generate added value through honing their knowledge, skills and competencies in real-time while contributing to product development, technological advancement and talent development.

On successful completion of the programme, qualified tech apprentices will typically progress into full-time positions within their sponsoring companies thereby enhancing the talent portfolio while increasing productivity and competitiveness in those enterprises.

For further information email techapprenticeship@fit.ie

For more information on all the above check out our New Apprenticeships 2020 page here.

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