Over €1m Secured For IT Tralee Springboard+ Programmes

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THE Institute of Technology Tralee has secured €1.031 million in funding and 418 places under the Government’s Springboard+ initiative for the academic year 2020/2021.

In total, IT Tralee is offering 15  Springboard+ programmes through its Life Long Learning Department, as part of its suite of part-time courses.

Programmes offered at IT Tralee under Springboard+ include Food & Beverage Studies, Building Information Modelling (BIM) with Revit, Digital Marketing, Validation, Industrial Instrumentation and Automation, Mechatronics, Quality Management, Culinary Skills and Bio-economy with Bio-based Business.

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IT Tralee has announced four new programmes for September 2020 in the areas of Agricultural Mechanisation, AgriTech Development, Quality Assurance for Production Operators and Software Testing.

From September, IT Tralee will also offer a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Management and Practice, the first programme of this nature to be delivered in Ireland.

This new programme will be opened to applicants who hold an NFQ level 6 in Science in Pharmacy Technician studies.

Brid McElligott, Vice President for Development, Research and External Engagement at IT Tralee, said: “The Springboard+ initiative offers free, or heavily subsidised,  part-time courses leading to qualifications that are in demand by employers. Many courses focus on future-proofing the skills of people already in employment, particularly in roles that may be impacted by digitalisation. To date IT Tralee has worked with over 2,500 Springboard students, resulting in many Springboard graduates now pursuing rewarding careers. All courses selected for funding under Springboard+ 2020 are in areas of identified skills needs.”

Commenting on the announcement by IT Tralee, Siobhan Bradley South-West Regional Skills Forum Manager said “the South-West Regional Skills Forum is delighted to welcome the 2020/2021 suite of upskilling Springboard+ programmes offered by IT Tralee.  In addition to its already successful and highly relevant offerings in manufacturing, ICT and business, the forum commends IT Tralee’s new Springboard+ programmes which address emerging and growing skills priorities for companies across the south-west and nationally.”

Springboard+ courses are free for people who are unemployed, those who were previously self-employed and returners to the workforce. Courses are also free for people in employment, on NFQ Level 6 courses. For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee is funded by the Government, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

Members of the Lifelong Learning Department at IT Tralee will be available over the coming weeks to advise potential students looking at a return to education. Further information on course availability, eligibility criteria and the application process are also available by contacting the Institute at 066 7191701 or by visiting www.springboardcourses.ie

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