By Rachel Corroon
The Fastrack to Information Technology (FIT) centre in Dunshaughlin has received approval for it’s repair technicians course. The course which started in November 2021 is the first course of its kind in Ireland in over a decade. CIRCULÉIRE, a network dedicated to forming a net-zero economy, supports students with grants to access the 26 week-long course free of charge which includes a work placement.
Tackling the lack of available technicians for the repair of white goods such as washing machines, dishwashers and dryers is the aim of this new course.
Junior Minister Ossian Smyth who has responsibility for the Circular Economy visited the FIT centre in Dunshaughlin to meet with students enrolled in the course. Smyth wished the trainers well in “what promises to be a very rewarding career” and said that it “is a great new initiative and will be instrumental in making the circular economy real for consumers and industry alike.”
“With a new generation of skilled repair engineers, we can ensure perfectly repairable electrical appliances are kept in use for longer” said Chairman of the White Goods Association, Ian Collins.
The Circular Economy Skills Initiative (CESI) is supported by various familiar brands of the white goods industry such as Miele, Whirlpool, Bosch, Hoover and Siemens.
The course itself came to be with thanks to the White Goods Association (WGA), WEEE Ireland, CIRCULÉIRE (somewhat mentioned already), FIT and the Louth Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB).