The programme will provide a new talent pipeline for tech employers who have a need for tech practitioners in the field of Cybersecurity. It will provide cybersecurity apprentices with the theory and practical skills required to be employed as Cybersecurity specialists.
What are the entry requirements?
FIT accepts a number of different entry routes to the ICT Associate Professional Apprentice Programmes depending on your own individual background. Applicants must be 18 years or older with the eligibility to work and live in Ireland. FIT warmly welcome applications from all genders, and from candidates who may have a physical or hidden disability. The following stipulations will apply to the screening of your application:
Knowledge, Skill and Personal Competence (upon application)
Candidates must be numerate and literate with the capacity to learn new skills and absorb varied product knowledge. In addition, candidates must demonstrate a capacity to work as a member of a team and display a capacity to clearly communicate with others. Each candidate must demonstrate a level of personal motivation and a clear desire to work in the field of ICT.
Secondary School Leavers (Republic of Ireland)
Candidates should have completed a Leaving Certificate with pass grades in at least five Ordinary level subjects (including Maths and English).
School Leavers (Northern Ireland or the United Kingdom)
Candidates should have completed a level of second-level education equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. This may be composed of the attainment of ‘A Levels’ subject based qualification (General Certificate of Education).
Recognition of Prior Learning
Candidates who wish to apply for entry, and who do not satisfy any of the standard entry requirements are advised; that an evidenced and justifiable rationale will have to be provided for consideration to be entered into the selection process. This will include the submission of a detailed synopsis of previous educational, life and/or work experiences. The FIT Registrar or delegate will review such cases with regard to the FIT Policy on Access, Transfer and Progression.
How does the training work?
Apprentices will spend the first 6 months in full-time training, the next 12 months working with their employer for 3 days per week with 2 days on college day-release and the final 6 months working with their employer 4 days per week with 1 day in college finalising their certification.
What's the certification?
QQI Level 6 Cyber Security
Frequently Asked Questions
No. An Apprenticeship is not a course. It is a contract of employment between SOLAS, the employer and the apprentice - with on-the-job and off-the-job training delivered in phases.
The first step is to secure a job with an approved apprentice employer.
Full details are available on: www.apprenticeship.ie
Many people think this, but it actually isn't.
Taking on an apprenticeship can be challenging. Bear in mind that you are a paid employee,training to be a professional craftsperson and this requires maturity, dedication and commitment.
You'll be balancing work and study which is never easy. Examinations can be intense and you will be required to both study and learn key technical, operational and safety information.
Start by doing some research. Find out what's involved in an apprenticeship and then focus in on apprenticeship you're thinking about.
Speak to people. Ask employers, qualified tradespersons and apprentices to help you find out more.
Get the advice of your parents/guardians, career guidance or adult guidance counsellor.
Make an appointment to see one of the Apprenticeship services team at Kerry College's Monavalley Campus. While they won't find an employer for you, they will give you some advice and insights.
Absolutely. It's an imporant part of figuring out if this career or sector is right for you - but also it shows a potential employer that you are genuinely interested.
These are a great idea if you are just coming out of school or aren't sure if a particular career sector is for you. Kerry College run a number of Pre-Apprenticeship course. You'll find them in the Full-time Programmes section.
In order to secure an apprenticeship, you must first secure a contract with an employer. You must apply directly to an employer rather than Kerry College.
Once you have found an employer to take you on as an apprentice, your employer must then register you as an apprentice with SOLAS.
The employer must be approved to train apprentices.
The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.
All Apprenticeships are Earn & Learn. This means you get paid while you are in training.
For traditional, Craft Apprenticeships, the employer pays the apprentice while s/he is being trained on-the-job. This is known as the Apprentice Rate or Salary.
The Apprentice rates of pay are based on a percentage of the fully qualified rate for the occupation:
1st Year – 33.3%
2nd Year – 50%
3rd Year – 75%
4th Year – 90%
A training allowance is paid by Kerry College while the apprentice is attending the off-the-job training at our Monavalley Campus.
For all New Apprenticeships, which have been developed since 2016, the employer pays an agreed Apprentice Rate or Salary for both on-the-job and off-the-job phases of the apprenticeship.
Further details are available on: www.apprenticeship.ie
The Annual Student Contribution is charged to students attending Higher Education Institutions including Institutes of Technology (IoT).
Apprentices now pay the same contribution as full time students, but their contribution is based on the time they spend in the Institute or College.
The Student Contribution is payable to the IoT /College on the date of registration for the training phase. You should consult the relevant IoT/College for details of payment options.
We always post APPRENTICE WANTED notices on our Kerry College (Monavalley Campus) Facebook page. Like and Follow the page. Under the 'Following' button select 'See First' and switch Notifications on.
SOLAS have a new Apprenticeship Finder which is here: https://rb.gy/0topdx
IRISH JOBS have a good section on their site too: https://www.irishjobs.ie/Apprenticeship-Jobs
We have no control over this as recruitment for all Apprenticeship phases is decided centrally by SOLAS.
Apprentices are assessed on an ongoing basis throughout their apprenticeship.
Modular assessments take place during the off-the-job training phases. These assessments incorporate course work, standardised practical assessments and theoretical assessments.
During the on-the-job training phases, the apprentice’s competence is assessed by the employer.
An apprenticeship automatically ends if the apprentice fails, after three attempts, to reach the required specified standard, in any of the off-the-job modular assessments.
However, SOLAS provides a way for both the apprentices and employers to appeal this.
In cases where appeals are successful the apprentice is afforded the opportunity of a fourth and final attempt.