Courses offered through Springboard+ (including ICT Skills)
Springboard+ offers a choice of free, part-time and intensive conversion courses in higher education from certificate, to degree, to post-graduate level. The courses availlable at Institute of Technology Tallaght in September 2016 include a 30 credit, Level 6 Certificate in Culinary Skills, a 60 credit, Level 7 Bachelor of Science in the Management of Innovation and Technology, a 30 credit, Level 7 Certificate in Cloud, Provisioning, Management and Security (Level 7, 30 credits) and the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (now offered for free both full-time, for the unemployed, and part-time, for those in employment). For some more details on each of these please see below. All applications are made through the Springboard+ website which also has detailed information on eligibility. You can find further information on Institute of Technology Tallaght courses here and, for courses offered in partnership with Innopharma, click here, and with NIBRT, click here


Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (90 credits, Level 8)
The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is an Honours Degree level graduate conversion programme which gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds the skills and knowledge to start a career in the IT industry. It is now available as a one year fullt-time or two year part-time programme for those in work wishing to commence a career in the ICT sector.
The full time Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in IT Tallaght has over 90% conversion rate from completing the programme into full time employment in the ICT Sector. SAP, Version 1 and Ergo are the leading employers of graduates from this programme. The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing carries a unique level of industry support from some of the leading software and IT companies in the world - Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Telecity, Ergo, Sage, Version1(up to 30 more). The programme consists of two semesters of intensive computing education allied to a six months internship in an IT company. Graduate employment from the programme has been very strong with the vast majority of successful graduates obtaining graduate entry positions in the ICT sector. Graduates from the programme will be eligible for progression to an MSc programme in Computing in IT Tallaght.


Certificate in Culinary Skills (Level 6, 30 credits)
The Certificate in Culinary Skills is designed to provide learners with the skills required to access immediate employment opportunities in the food service industry where there is a shortage pf such skilled personnel. The modules delivered include Culinary Skills, Culinary Operations , Bread & Pastry Techniques and Work based learning. These modules will provide the knowledge, skill and competencies required to work in a professional kitchen using the range of practical skills acquired in the programme and through the work placement integrated in the programme to gain first hand industry experience.

  • For more information and how to apply click here.


Bachelor of Science in the Management of Innovation and Technology (Level 7, 60 credits)
The one-year programme provides a wide range of career and professional development opportunities for persons employed (or formerly employed) in lower/middle management positions in industry. The programme seeks to upskill and improve the career and employment opportunities of participants by developing their business management skills in the key areas of: quality management, operations management, project management, logistics, services management, data analytics, digital marketing and innovation. It enables participants to manage the introduction of new technologies, as well as products and services, and to integrate them into the firms' strategies. Participants typically come from a cross section of business, including transport logistics, ICT, healthcare, the food and drinks industries, pharmaceuticals, security, services and construction-related sectors. The programme is delivered three evenings per week in part-time mode which facilitates people already in employment and participants who may subsequently gain employment during the course. 

  • For more information and how to apply click here.


Certificate in Cloud, Provisioning, Management and Security (Level 7, 30 credits)
The programme aims to up-skill those with level 6 and level 7 IT qualifications and knowledge and/or experience of IT systems so that they can access roles requiring up to date technical knowledge and hands on experience of cloud and virtualisation infrastructure as well as IT automation and Security. It is designed to provide an intensive programme in cloud and virtualisation infrastructure management. Students will gain an understanding of the key theoretical concepts as well as the hands on build, secure and manage experience. Security issues, business continuity, capacity management issues, data centre networking, virtualized server technology and distributed storage systems will be treated in theory and in proactive. This course has been designed in consultation with leading industry experts and companies in the field of cloud and virtualisation design, delivery and management.

  • For more information and how to apply click here.


Springboard+ is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.



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