Free places on software development programme

A limited number of free places are available for NUI Galway’s Higher Diploma in Software Design and Development Programme.

Student fees for the course are funded by the Higher Education Authority and successful applicants will pay no fees, only a student levy of €224.

The overall goal of this postgraduate conversion programme is to increase the supply of skilled graduates to meet the needs of Ireland’s high-growth software industry.

According to NUI Galway, the course provides graduates with a fast track, focused computing qualification, and presents them with an opportunity to obtain valuable industry work experience.

NUI Galway designed the programme in conjunction with 16 leading IT employers which enables graduates to reskill for employment in the software development area.

Ninety per cent of graduates have secured employment - many with some of Ireland’s leading software companies.

Course director Dr Enda Howley, says the course offers the opportunity for highly motivated analytical graduates, particularly from engineering and science backgrounds, to invest one year of their time in further education, and, through placement experience with its industry partners, will have an excellent prospect for recruitment.

“It is estimated there will be 900,000 unfilled vacancies in the EU for ICT professionals by 2015. Now is a perfect time for people to reskill for employment in this sector.”

The course has already received recognition with two GradIreland Awards, ‘Best New Course’ and ‘Best IT Programme’.

It is open to all those who have a level eight degree or those with a level seven degree and elevant industry work experience.

Applications can be made through www.springboardcourses.ie, or seek more information via the twitter account @hdipindustry. The deadline for final applications is Friday July 18. For further information contact Dr Enda Howley at [email protected].

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