QQI Level 5

The ICT Associate Apprenticeship is the new National Apprenticeship Programme for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s buoyant IT sector. FIT is the national coordinator for Level 6 Tech Apprenticeships. The programme enables participants to “earn while they learn” in leading tech companies. To avail of this opportunity, students opt for the Level 5 Pre Tech apprenticeship course in Liberties College. Upon completion, they are eligible to apply for a two year apprenticeship with a tech company.

Principal areas of study

  • Computer Systems Hardware
  • Networking Essentials
  • Operating Systems
  • Maths for IT
  • Virtualisation Support
  • Programming and Design Principals
  • Communications
  • Work Studies

Features of this course

  • Focused employability workshops with an expert from FIT.
  • Work in a dedicated network lab
  • Skilled tutors with industry experience
  • Optional access to Microsoft certifications at no extra cost


  • 6M0695 L6 Computer Systems and Networks- Liberties College
  • TU716 L7  Networking Technologies – TU Dublin City Campus
  • TU713 L7 Computer Engineering – TU Blanchardstown
  • TU655 L6 Networking Technologies (learn & work) – TU Blanchardstown.
  • Under the scheme, a number of approved tech companies recruit apprentices on a two year training programme.  Candidates can expect to earn a wage starting at €250 per week during their training.
    • 1-6 Months     – Apprentices attend full-time off-the-job training and development
    • 7-12 Months   – On-the-job and off-the-job training and development (3 days work /2 days off-the-job training and development)
    • 19-24 Months – On-the-job and off-the-job training and development (4 days work / 1 day off-the-job training and development)


  • Network installation and maintenance in home computer usage and in small business networks.
  • IT Technician roles in large IT and service companies

Entry Requirements

  • General College Entry Requirements
  • This course is suitable for mature students
  • An interview will be required for all candidates.  The programme seeks motivated tech enthusiasts with an aptitude and positive attitude to work in the ICT sector.
  • Some candidates may qualify for grants such as BTEI, VTOS or SUSI.

Apprentices will play a critical part in providing access to a new talent pool of people with the right skills and know-how that are growing in demand in Industry.

Liam Ryan Managing Director (SAP Ireland)