Carlow IT courses to help job-seekers
THE Institute of Technology Carlow is to offer 400 fully-funded college places this September across a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to job seekers and those in receipt of social welfare payments in order to increase their future job prospects.
The initiative forms part of the Government's Springboard programme, aimed at reskilling those who lost their jobs during the recession.
IT Carlow is the market leader in the provision of Lifelong Learning programmes and this year's Springboard programme will offer more than the double the number places available in previous years.
The courses on offer straddle IT Management, Digital Marketing, Energy Management, Financial Services and Tourism, and range from certificates to higher diploma, degree and masters programmes. They have been specifically designed to address the skills needs of employers in the region, according to IT Carlow, ensuring graduates will the skills needs of employers in the region.
The programmes on offer are delivered on a part time basis and eligible participants will gain free access to the programme of study as well as maintain their benefit entitlements.
85 per cent of graduates from IT Carlow's Springboard courses in 2014 were in employment within six weeks of finishing their course. Nationally, more than half of all Springboard graduates in 2013 were in employment or self-employment within six months of completing their courses.
Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President of IT Carlow, encouraged people who are eligible for Springboard to contact the college.