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Tech apprenticeship for women to launch this year

Information session will take place on Wednesday 11 September


Written by Kayle Crosson and posted in news


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Ireland’s Females in Technology (I-FIT), an apprenticeship for women working in Dublin’s tech hub in Grand Canal Dock, is launching this November.

What is Ireland’s Females in Technology? (I-FIT)

Organized and run by Fastrack into IT (FIT), I-FIT is a two year programme that aims to help women advance in the tech industry. The programme lets you gain a certification and work experience at the same time, so you can “earn while you learn”.

The I-FIT programme was amongst the final 15 projects in this year’s Google Impact Challenge to be awarded funding.

How do you qualify for I-FIT?

To qualify for I-FIT, you must be:

  • Over 18
  • Interested in the world of tech
  • Want to earn while you learn

What does the world of tech look like for women in Ireland?

At the moment, according to the 2018 Women in Tech Index, 3.5% of Ireland’s total workforce are based in the tech industry. Of those working in the field, only about 19% are women.

On average, women earn approximately €54,000 per year in Ireland in the tech industry.


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What about the Irish tech industry in general?

Ireland is one of Europe’s biggest global technology centres. According to IDA Ireland, the industry employs over 37,000 people.

Tech giants such as Google, Twitter, Apple, and Amazon all have operations based in Ireland.

Additionally, the Irish government has been very supportive of the industry, investing around €700 million per year in research and development, in areas including software, data analytics, machine learning and telecommunication.

Want to find out more?

I-FIT are holding an information session on Wednesday 11 September from 2 to 4 pm at Google Headquarters in Barrow Street in Dublin.

If you’re interested in attending, send an RSVP to Aoife Sheehy, contactable at aoifesheehy@fit.ie.

How to apply

Applications are open to both individuals and companies who are interested in either joining or accessing the talent pool from the programme.

For more information, you can contact Aoife Sheehy at aoifesheehy@fit.ie or you can apply directly at fit.ie

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Published Sep­tem­ber 10th2019
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