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ICT Skills Programme

About the initiative

In January 2012, in a direct response to specific skills shortages for people with high-level ICT skills, the Department of Education and Skills published a joint Government–Industry ICT Action Plan aimed at building the supply of high-level ICT graduates (www.hea.ie/ictskills). The Plan outlines a range of short, medium and long term measures to develop a sustainable domestic supply of high quality ICT graduates to support the further expansion and development of ICT sector and support innovation and growth across other sectors of the economy.

One of the key measures in the Plan was the roll-out, from March 2012, of more than 700 places on intensive NFQ level 8 higher diploma ICT skills conversion programmes by higher education providers in partnership with industry. The majority of 2012 participants are now completing work placements and will be graduating over the next few months. Due to very positive initial evaluation and strong industry endorsement a second phase of the conversion programmes is now being rolled out.

From spring 2013, a number of higher education providers are again offering a number of Level 8 Conversion Programmes, in collaboration with industry partners, which will provide graduates from other skills areas with the opportunity to up-skill or re-skill through a 1 year full time HDip Conversion Programme in core computing/programming, software and data analysis.

The 15 programmes on offer will be for NFQ Level 8 jobseekers with cognate/numerical skills and underlying aptitude for programming and there will be 769 places offered countrywide. All courses are supported by the HEA and Department of Education and Skills which means the tuition fees normally associated with such programmes are waived. These programmes are also unique in that all have close industry involvement in their design and operation and include industry relevant projects and work placements which will leave graduates fully 'work ready' on completion.

Am I Eligible?

If you have a NFQ Level 8 qualification, you can apply for a course. For more information please click here.

It is important to note there can be seperate entry requirements for the course which are set by the provider. These are likely to be listed on the information page of each course. This can be viewed by clicking the course title.

Income Support

For information on income supports please click here.

You can download the BTEA (Back to Education Allowance) form here.

Further Information

For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

The Courses on Offer

N.B. You can only apply for one course so it's important to choose wisely.

ICT skills offers courses from the following providers (number of courses in brackets): Cork Institute of Technology (2), Dublin Business School (2), Dublin Institute of Technology (1), Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (1), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (1), Institute of Technology Carlow (1), Institute of Technology Tallaght Dublin (1), Institute of Technology, Sligo (1), Limerick Institute of Technology (3), National College of Ireland (1), National University of Ireland, Galway (1), University of Limerick (2) and Waterford Institute of Technology (1)

Cork Institute of Technology

SDAAN_8_Y5 - Higher Diploma in Science in Data Science & Analytics Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: 20/03/2013   Start Date: 08/04/2013   Number of Places: 20
KCLCO_8_Y5 - Higher Diploma in Cloud Computing (On-Campus & Online) Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: 20/03/2013   Start Date: 08/04/2013   Number of Places: 40

Dublin Business School

BHD08CSD - Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Software Development)
Apply By: April 2014   Start Date: 23/04/2014   Number of Places: 30
BHD08WCT - Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Web & Cloud Technologies)
Apply By: April 2014   Start Date: 23/04/2014   Number of Places: 30

Dublin Institute of Technology

DT265 - Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (starting Feb 2014) Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: 29/01/2014   Start Date: 03/02/2014   Number of Places: 15

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

HDiplSciComputing - Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (IoT Consortium)
Apply By: 30/08/2013   Start Date: 09/09/2013   Number of Places: 24

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

TA_KCOMP_HD - Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (IoT Consortium) Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: 21/06/2013   Start Date: 23/09/2013   Number of Places: 40

Institute of Technology Carlow

TA_KCOMP_HD - Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (IoT Consortium)
Apply By: 23/09/2013   Start Date: 01/10/2013   Number of Places: 25

Institute of Technology Tallaght Dublin

TA_KCOMP_HD - Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (IoT Consortium) Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: 02/10/2013   Start Date: 16/09/2013   Number of Places: 35

Institute of Technology, Sligo

TA_KCOMP_HD - Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (IoT Consortium)
Apply By: 30/07/2014   Start Date: 22/09/2014   Number of Places: 25

Limerick Institute of Technology

TA_KCOMP_HD - Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (IoT Consortium) Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: 10/10/2013   Start Date: 16/09/2013   Number of Places: 25
LC_KSDVD_LMY - Higher Diploma in Software Development Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: 28/08/2013   Start Date: 09/09/2013   Number of Places: 24
LC_KCMMD_LMY - Higher Diploma in Creative Multimedia Programming Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: September 2013   Start Date: September 2013   Number of Places: 24

National College of Ireland

HDSDA ICT - COURSE FULL - Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: 03/03/2014   Start Date: 14/03/2014   Number of Places: 30

National University of Ireland, Galway

1SD3 - Higher Diploma in Software Design and Development - Industry Stream Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: June 2014   Start Date: 01/09/2014   Number of Places: 30

University of Limerick

LM710 - Higher Diploma in Software Development (commencing April 2014) Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: 13/04/2014   Start Date: 28/04/2014   Number of Places: 25
LM711 - Higher Diploma in Mobile and Secure Cloud Computing Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: 09/09/2013   Start Date: 09/09/2013   Number of Places: 30

Waterford Institute of Technology

WD_KCOSC_G - Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science Not currently accepting applications
Apply By: 12/03/2014   Start Date: 18/03/2014   Number of Places: 24