Institute of Technology Carlow Secures €3.5m Funding for over 750 Springboard+ ICT Skills Places and Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1
Institute of Technology Carlow has been awarded Springboard+ funding across 21 exciting, industry-focussed programmes ranging from Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees, Higher Diplomas, Postgraduates Certificates and Masters from levels 6-9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. In addition five programmes are being funded through Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1. In total, almost 750 places will be made available to prospective learners looking to upskill, change career or return to employment.
The list of Springboard+ courses are: Master of Science in Data Science; Master of Science in Supply Chain Management; Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs; Master of Science in Digital Media and Business Analytics; Postgraduate Diploma in Business; Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Device Regulatory Affairs; Postgraduate Certificate in Design and Visualisation; Postgraduate Certificate in Workforce Management; Higher Diploma in Business in International Financial Services; Higher Diploma in Business in Supply Chain Management; Higher Diploma in Science Computing (Systems and Information Technologies Services) ICT Skills; Higher Diploma in Digital Media Design; Higher Diploma in Science in Digital Marketing with Analytics; Certificate in Data Protection; Bachelor of Science in Energy Management (Buildings); Diploma in Health and Safety at Work; Diploma in Management Effectiveness & Practice; Certificate in On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal; Certificate in Purchasing Strategy, Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma; Certificate in Marketing with Social Media Skills; Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
According to Dr Joseph Collins, Head of Faculty Lifelong Learning, each programme has been designed in response to the current and future needs of industry and presents a unique opportunity for learners to avail of free or heavily subsidised upskilling or reskilling. “Lifelong learning is key to being ‘job-fit’ in the modern workforce. As we move more towards a digital economy, new technologies and opportunities are emerging which mandate that workers upskill to maintain the competitiveness of industry and business,” he said. “Our Springboard+ offering will equip learners with the skills and competencies necessary to begin or advance their career in a wide array of sectors and enhance future career prospects. Our programmes are identified nationally as of critical importance and key to developing skills in the region. We have worked closely with the Regional Skills Forum and Industry in understanding the needs of employers in the region. We know that the blended mode of delivery will also provide flexibility to individuals in managing their commitments and developing their skills”.
Springboard+ and ICT Skills programmes, which traditionally were only available to those on social welfare, are now also open to those currently in employment and those considering returning to employment after a prolonged period of absence, such as homemakers. To support learners, and in recognition of changing learner demographics, Springboard+ programmes are offered through a wide range of flexible and innovative learning routes designed to work around career and familial commitments.
Springboard+ and ICT Skills programmes are free for people who are unemployed, those who were previously self-employed and returners to the workforce. Programmes are also free for people in employment, on NFQ Level 6 programmes. For employed participants on programmes NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee is funded by the Government, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.
Full details of approved Springboard+ programmes are available at www.itcarlow.ie or directly on www.springboardcourses.ie by selecting ‘Institute of Technology Carlow programmes. Institute of Technology Carlow though its Faculty of Lifelong Learning will be running Springboard+ and ICT Skills information sessions throughout the summer, giving prospective applicants an opportunity to meet with academic staff and ask questions.
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