Fast Track to IT: Upskilling jobseekers for the IT industry
Find out more about this initiative upskilling jobseekers on ICT
The Fast Track to IT (FIT) initiative aims to help unemployed people develop the skills they’ll need to succeed in the information and communications technology industry. FIT operates across the Republic and Northern Ireland and focuses on real marketable skills. If you’re out of work and looking to break into ICT, a FIT course may be for you.
How will FIT help me find a job?
FIT programmes focus on improving your employability. They do this by training you in new skills central to the modern ICT economy. They have a special focus on delivering for long-term unemployed people and those who have been out of education for many years. The structure of FIT courses takes in support and guidance towards a target of employability once the course is done.
After you graduate from your time with FIT, supports will continue for up to three years. Throughout this time FIT staff will take an interest to establish if you’re in work or further education, or if you need extra supports to look for training or a job. As of 2016 over 18,000 job seekers have completed FIT programmes, and 13,500 of those have gone on into quality employment.
What jobs will FIT help prepare me for?
There are a number of courses available from FIT that help you build up a wide variety of skills. The technological training that FIT provides can be very useful in securing work in the following areas:
- Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
- Office & Administration
- Renewable Energies
- Restaurant / Catering
- Warehousing & Logistics
- Software Development
- Digital Marketing
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Web Development & Social Media
- Retail Sales / Customer Care
- Networking Technologies & Security
How to register with FIT
You can register with FIT online by clicking this link. You’ll have to provide information about your employment status, what type of ICT jobs you might be interested in, and your contact details. Make sure to upload your existing CV as requested so they know where you’re coming from. Don’t worry - there’s no minimum requirement in education or work experience to register with FIT. The initiative focuses on your future rather than your past and caters to wide variety of skills and education levels.
FIT supports the growing Youth2Work initiative. Working with Microsoft and the GAA, its aim is to bring youth careers fairs to communities across the country. These expos will be informative and fun, offering advice and hands-on support for young people who want to get quality jobs in their local area. They will provide information on skills that are in demand within the local economy, and highlight vacancies in area businesses. They will also show which skills development courses are suitable and available for young people looking to break into local industries.
As of 2016, Youth2Work is in the early stages and events are currently run across the counties of Cavan and Monaghan only. If you’re interested in finding meaningful employment in either of those areas, check out the Youth2Work website for more info and event times. Remember that Youth2Work’s plan is to grow outside of Cavan and Monaghan and eventually reach young job seekers from all across the country. Watch this space!