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New ICT Graduate Skills Course has 750 places

Posted by Francis O' Toole on March 30, 2012

New ICT Graduate Skills Course has 750 places
Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, together with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, launched the Joint Government – Industry ICT Action Plan on 30th January 2012: Meeting the High Level ICT Skills Needs of Enterprise in Ireland.

Launching the Action Plan, Minister Quinn said “I’m very pleased to announce today that more than 750 places are being made available on 17 new graduate skills conversion programmes across the country. People can apply for a place today, through the Bluebrick website, for courses commencing in March. “Participation on the programmes will be fully subsidised by my Department; no fees will be charged.” the Minister said.

The Action Plan also sets out how we are going to build the supply and quality of graduates in the medium term to long term. It establishes an ambitious target of doubling the annual output of ICT graduates from 1,000 this year to 2,000 by 2018.

Speaking at the launch, Regina Moran, Chair of ICT Ireland, said: “The technology industry is a significant area of growth in Ireland and is a crucial sector for economic prosperity. All of the top 10 global technology companies have a major presence here and importantly we have a powerful indigenous software sector. With 80 jobs a week being announced since the beginning of 2011, the sector offers fantastic career opportunities in a variety of fields. For more information on the ICT sector click here.

A key action contained in the Plan is the development of a High Level ICT Foresight Group. This Group is being chaired by John Hennessy of the HEA, and is having its first meeting today. The Group’s members are key industry and higher education decision makers and they will work on ICT and electronic engineering programme development.

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