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Kerry College launches new Tech Apprenticeships in Kerry

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Two new Tech Apprenticeships will start this September - one in Software Development, another in Cybersecurity.

Kerry College this week announced that the QQI Level 6 Apprenticeships for the county will be two years in duration and will be delivered in partnership with FIT (FastTrack Into IT) who have a track record of running a range of apprenticeships for the tech and IT sectors.

FIT work with over one hundred employers across Ireland and is currently collaborating with partner organisations and employers in Kerry including Kerry SciTech to provide opportunities for tech apprentices from the county and the wider region.

Apprenticeships use an 'Earn While You Learn' model where a participating employer hires a tech apprentice who undertakes phases of on-the-job and off-the-job training before fully qualifying.

The first six months of the programme will be run online from the Kerry College Tech Apprenticeship Hub in Tralee, with the last 18 months split between Kerry College and the host employer. There are only 14 places on each apprenticeship.

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“We are delighted to partner with FIT to bring these two superb tech apprenticeships to County Kerry," Assistant Manager at Kerry College John Herlihy said. "This provides a fantastic option for school leavers and career changers to move into this growth sector and to earn as they learn. Kerry is home to over 70 companies in the tech sector at various levels – and as we come out of the pandemic we think this is the right time to offer these programmes to support and bring these important skillsets to the county and wider region.”

KerrySciTech Cluster Manager Aoife O’Brien added that “KerrySciTech members recognise how transformative apprenticeship programmes are for learners and business".

"Now, with the continuous growth of our STEM and associated digital sectors within the Kerry region, there has never been a better time to choose a career in our sector," she said.

"These two innovative tech apprenticeship programmes not only offer a new pathway into STEM but the combination of classroom learning with practical workplace training ensures that, when qualified, the apprentices will be equipped with all the necessary skills to progress as far as they want. We look forward to working with Kerry College and FIT as these programmes are rolled out.”

You can apply to become a tech apprentice at www.fit.ie/tech-apprenticeships/become-anapprentice/.
Employers who are interested in participating in these tech apprenticeships should contact FIT directly via fit.ie/tech-apprenticeships/hire-an-apprentice/.

You can browse and sign up for all Kerry College courses online at kerrycollege.ie/full-time-courses/.
For queries, contact the Admissions Office on 066 714 96 96 or info@kerrycollege.ie.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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