Intel and FIT launch Navan based manufacturing training course for women

Fastrack to IT (FIT) and Louth & Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB), together with Intel are delighted to share details of an innovative training programme which will provide opportunities for women to embark on careers in Ireland’s advanced manufacturing sector.

FIT, LMETB and Intel share a goal of attracting women from diverse backgrounds to consider careers in advanced manufacturing. Manufacturing is one of the most dynamic and vibrant sectors in Ireland and one which is poised to see increasing growth and complexity in the years ahead as we continue to see the impact of Industry 4.0 and the adoption of digital technology.

Ireland has a reputation as a global centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing and the industry includes diverse companies involved in the production of computer parts and chips, plastics, pharma/bio-pharma, bulk chemicals, packaged goods, electrical components, control systems and a host of other products. The advanced manufacturing industry however is one in which women are significantly underrepresented.

The training initiative, which will begin in October and run in Navan, Co. Meath, will offer an innovative and dynamic Advanced Manufacturing Technician Maintenance Skills programme to women seeking to pursue a career in the tech industry.

The initiative is aimed at women who have an interest in hands-on problem solving and troubleshooting of equipment used in manufacturing processes. They will be offered the opportunity to enhance their skills and qualifications by undertaking a 48-week programme which will result in a major award at NFQ Level 6.

This is an exciting prospect for women to gain a range of skills such as electronic, electrical, mechanical and programmable logic controllers as well as project management and problem-solving skills. Reflecting the practical nature of the programme, a 12-week integrated work experience element ensures a rounded learning approach, underpinning entry to the workforce. Participants will gain a qualification that will position them well for a career in a technology role across any sector.

Previous education experience, work experience or age are not barriers to pursuing this training opportunity.

The programme is due to commence in October 2022. Applications to the programme will be accepted over the coming weeks. The standard offering of the Manufacturing Technician Maintenance Skills programme (open to all) is also accepting applications. For more information contact

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