FIT (Fast-track to Information Technology)

Fastrack to Information Technology

FIT is an industry–led initiative which seeks to bridge the digital divide and create jobs for the long-term unemployed. The FIT initiative conviction is the future potential of the student not their past history. Many people have developed abilities and characteristics required by industry, but have not had the opportunities, confidence or encouragement to hone and market them.

Through FIT, previously long-term unemployed are working as computer professionals in large corporations and lone parents are accessing opportunities which balance and facilitate work/family commitments. Young people who may have left school early are attaining market certification and standards necessary to secure substantive employment and career opportunities.

To joint a FIT programme you don't need any formal education or previous experience. However, an interest in IT and a willingness to learn is essential.


To qualify for a FIT programme you must meet the following requirements:

1. You must be over 21 years of age or over or 18 years of age and progressing from Youthreach.

2. You must be receiving one of the following for at least 6 months:

  • Unemployment Benefit or Assistance
  • Lone parent’s Allowance
  • Disability payment
  • Credits


The following programmes are offered in Whitehall College as part of the FIT initiative:

For further information log on to and/or speak with the FIT co-ordinator in the college, Maire Smyth.