There were two developments that were particularly positive
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The University of Limerick (UL) said today that it has received funding for an additional 100 free places on software development and cloud computing programmes under the HEA’s ICT Skills Programme 2013.
The new places are available on two full-time programmes - higher diploma in mobile and secure cloud computing and higher diploma in software development - and are available to eligible jobseekers.
According to UL, these programmes have been developed in collaboration with industry partners and will provide graduates from other skills areas with the opportunity to upskill or reskill in core computing/programming, software and data analysis.
Assistant dean of adult and continuing education, Dr Ann Ledwith said Ireland is expected to experience large growth in the areas of mobile, broadband, next generation networks, text and digital TV, and online gaming over the next 10 years. “However, while there is an increasing supply of computing graduates coming through the third-level system in Ireland, there are also indications that opportunities are growing faster than supply. These programmes have been developed in direct response to specific skills shortages for people with high-level ICT and software development skills.”
A key feature of both programmes is a job placement. According to UL, students undertaking these programmes of study to date have had a very high success rate in securing job placement opportunities at companies that have included EMC, SAP and PMI Software.
“These programmes have been developed with extensive industry consultation and input to ensure we are delivering graduates who are fully equipped to support Ireland’s growth industries,” said Dr Ledwith. “Great emphasis is also placed on providing students with career advice and supports such as interview preparations and guides to ensure they are fully ready to re-engage with the workforce.”