300 free college places at AIT through Springboard+ 2015

Around 300 free colleges places on 15 courses are to be made available at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT ) through Springboard+ 2015. This is the largest offering of free part-time and full-time higher education places to provide reskilling and upskilling opportunities nationally for up to 9,000 jobseekers.

The AIT programmes are in crucial growth areas of the economy including data analytics, project management, advanced manufacturing, and green engineering. The courses range from CPD certificates and degrees through to postgraduate and Masters qualifications.

AIT registrar, Dr Joseph Ryan, said: “The experience of AIT students on Springboard programmes is excellent. They quickly acquire the knowledge and skills required to re-enter the workplace, with many students successfully changing careers as a result of their qualification. Three-quarters of Springboard participants between 2011 and 2014 have been successful in securing employment, which is testament to the value of this initiative.”

Springboard+ 2015, which incorporates part-time Springboard courses and full-time ICT skills conversion programmes, will provide for 285 courses at 42 Higher Education Institutions across Ireland.

The full listing of AIT courses through Springboard+ is as follows:

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing [ICT Skills Conversion]

Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics [ICT Skills Conversion]

BSc in Project Informatics and Management (with German )

(Hons ) Construction Management

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Certificate in Operations, Quality and Lean Management

Certificate in Polymer Technology for Medical Devices

Certificate in Welding Processes for Advanced Manufacturing

CPD Certificate in Building Regulations, Implementation and Compliance

CPD Certificate in Contract Management and Dispute Resolution

CPD Certificate in Estimating & Procurement for Building Services

CPD Certificate in Lean Construction Scheduling and Control

CPD Certificate in Procurement and Estimating for Construction

Masters in Energy & Communications Infrastructure (MECI )

Postgraduate Diploma in Green Engineering

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