IT BlanchardstownITB Launches Exciting new ‘Learn and Work’ Programme – It’s not all about Points as ITB launches its first ‘Learn and Work’ Programme in Networking Technologies – a full time course combining industry work placement and hands on third level learning

In response to demands from companies in the ICT sector and increasing interest in technology programmes amongst school leavers and mature students, the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown’s (ITB) Department of Informatics is today launching a new programme in Networking Technologies – ‘Higher Certificate in Science in Computing’. The ‘Higher Certificate in Science in Computing’ is a new innovative third level programme that has been designed with industry as it combines in-company placement with up to date technical skills that are currently very much in demand.

The Programme will take place over a two year period with over 50% of the student’s time being spent applying their knowledge whilst learning new applied skills in the workplace through a work placement. Each student will spend four months studying in ITB at the beginning of Year One and Year Two learning the theory and skills required in the workplace. During the following eight months each year, students will then spend 80% of their time applying these skills and knowledge within the work environment.

Each course will hold 32 places and interested applicants can apply directly to ITB. The recruitment process with involve an aptitude test and interview. This new ‘Learn and Work’ Programme will create a connection between the student’s academic life and the world of work.

According to Dr Mary Meaney, ITB President, “The ‘Learn and Work’ programme will create a practical path for students to acquire in demand skills whilst offering companies access to a motivated, productive new talent pool.”

Damovo Ireland are delighted to be involved with this new initiative linking students early in their academic career with the workplace. According to Bernard Hickey Operations & Service Delivery Manager Damovo Ireland “Damovo has experienced an increase in business over the last few years which has created some challenges in resourcing customer contract commitments and new projects. Developing trainees into junior roles within Operations and throughout the business has been identified as a cost efficient and progressive way of dealing with resource limitations and also address staff refresh requirements. It will also help us to respond quickly to changing business demands. Bringing trainees into the business will re-energise those who will be tasked with mentoring them and those working with them. The opportunities for these trainees to advance and learn is further enhanced with the development of Damovo Group Operations and the Damovo Global NOC. It increases the range of technologies they will be required to support with the large and diverse customer base offering an interesting and challenging workplace. Damovo has identified the ‘Learn and Work’ program from ITB as a perfect fit to enable us to develop the right competence and skills through this accredited programme. In partnership with ITB Damovo are confident that the trainees will achieve the required skills to quickly become valuable and productive members of the Operations team.”

The programme is supported through ICT Ireland Skillnet Gerry Doyle, the Network Manager says that “ICT Ireland Skillnet sees the proposed programme will play an important role in building a pipeline of candidates with highly relevant knowledge, real-world skills and network management capabilities for companies that currently are striving to fill vacancies in this area.”

To find out more about this programme visit click here or contact Justin Purcell at 01 885 1372.

Interested applicants are welcome to our next Open Evening on Thursday 14th April from 5 – 7pm to find out more click here.

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