Telecommunications and Data Network Technician
On successful completion of the Telecommunications and Data Network Technician apprenticeship, the apprentice will receive a QQI accredited Higher Certificate in Telecommunications and Data Network Engineering which will be a nationally recognised qualification. This award will ensure that the holder has proficiency as a Field Technician in the discipline. The programme will be delivered over two years, involving both off-the-job and on-the-job phases, developing subject matter expertise and investigating industry-wide standards.
This Apprenticeship Programme is one of the primary tools that the telecommunications industry will use to address the clear need for trained technicians in the field. The Programme will support employers from the ICT sector by providing a structure for the training of Technicians over a period of two years.
TU Dublin will oversee the training and qualification standards and coordinate with SOLAS to approve participation in the programme. This Programme will help satisfy the need for the availability of highly skilled technical employees for ongoing network deployment projects.
The apprenticeship in Telecommunications and Data Network Technician involves a 24 month apprenticeship contract with an employer which incorporates both on-the-job and off-the-job elements. Over the lifetime of the apprenticeship a total of eight blocks, each of two weeks duration, will be spent attending class and practical laboratories at TU Dublin. In addition during the on-the-job elements a significant period of time will be spent in the form of work based learning with the employer in order to complete the Programme modules.
The company will employ the apprentice and offer the contract of employment. An apprentice cannot attend the off-the-job sessions at TU Dublin without being first employed by a registered employer.
Some general entry qualifications for the apprenticeship can be listed as follows:
- Applicant must be employed by a SOLAS approved employer within the Telecommunications sector
- Applicant must hold a full driving licence for a car
- Applicant must hold a Leaving Certificate with a minimum of Grade O6/H7 or better in 5 subjects in the Leaving Certificate including English or Irish and Mathematics. A Pass in Foundation Level Irish (F3) is acceptable for this course. Alternatively, an applicant can hold a level of qualification which is deemed equivalent to the requirements in the Leaving Certificate
The employer will contribute an annual fee of €750 towards the academic programme costs. The apprentices will be employed by the employer for the duration of the programme.
For more information on apprenticeships contact the apprenticeship section in your local Education and Training Board (ETB). For contact details of your local ETB select your county here
Further information is also available from the industry lead for this apprenticeship:
School of Engineering TU Dublin Tallaght Campus, Tallaght,
Tel: + 353 (0) 1 4042000
Fax: + 353 (0) 14042700