The Department of Lifelong Learning at the Athlone Institute of Technology has announced that it has received funding from Springboard to fund 25-plus part-time places on its newly developed certificate in social media applications and sales, HETAC Level 6, one year, part-time programme. The programme will be delivered in AIT over 16 hours delivered on Thursday and Friday, with the occasional Saturday, for one year commencing this December 12. The application deadline is Friday November 29.
Springboard offers jobseekers free higher education courses part time and was first launched as part of the Government’s jobs initiative in May 2011. Dr Michael Tobin, head of department, said that he was delighted to be in a position to offer this programme free to all jobseekers actively seeking employment.
The list of those eligible is extensive. It includes those on one parent family allowance; carer allowance; those currently participating on community employment schemes; rural social schemes; Tús, Jobbridge, those on social insurance credits, and those that were previously self-employed to list but a few of the categories.
The main aim of the certificate in social media applications and sales is to provide learners of all backgrounds with the opportunity to explore and develop their interest in social media and sales.
This is an innovative programme which has been designed to give participants a sound framework in social media and sales. The programme will expose the learner to training in the role of the manager, learning to learn with social media, computer applications, sales and marketing, sales theory and practice, e-business, financial accounting, social media applications, and social media sales and marketing.
The course will also cover learning in the area of professional development, career planning and CV preparation. All participants will also have to complete a four-week work placement project, sourced, and arranged by themselves.
Entry requirement to the programme is based on an individual being a mature student (23 years of age ) or if younger to have a Leaving Certificate Grade D3 in five subjects at ordinary level (or equivalent ) to include mathematics and a language (English or Irish ), or equivalent.
Interviews will be held shortly after this date and the course will commence on Thursday December 12 at 10am.