Thursday, June 04, 2015

Free College Places for the Unemployed via @NCIRL

The Government is funding another round of free courses for unemployed people, and at the National College of Ireland we have our share of programmes on offer - see our Springboard+ web page for details. Once again the Higher Diploma in Data Analytics is offered and already there has been a lot of interest in this programme. I hope to be lecturing again on this course and to get students interested in Statistics.

Some interesting numbers from the SpringBoard programme since it started in Ireland in 2011:
  • 21,000 people have participated
  • 42 Colleges have taken part
  • 812 courses have been offered
  • €85,000,000 funding has been provided
From my side of the classroom I have been teaching on six separate classes of the Higher Diploma in Data Analytics to Springboard students. I have seen people's lives changed right before my eyes, as students seek to learn new skills or to improve on existing skills. Our brilliant Career's Office has had great success in placing students in employment as a result of this (and other) courses. You don't have to be unemployed to do this course as it is also offered under ICT Skills funding.

Check out the Springboard+ Launch video (including some cool music by The Corrs) to learn more about this new round of courses:

To apply for ICT Skills/Springboard+ courses, please visit

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