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ICT Action Plan

The HEA plays a leading role in implementing a multi-agency action plan to address ICT skills needs for the Irish economy. This plan involves the development and refinement of skills conversion programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, action-oriented reviews of retention and work placement in ICT programmes, and horizon scanning to anticipate emerging skills needs.

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. One of the key measures in the Plan was the roll-out, from March 2012, of more than 800 places on intensive NFQ level 8 higher diploma ICT skills conversion programmes by higher education providers in partnership with industry.

In recognition of the ICT and software development skills shortages that continue to exist, a second phase of the ICT Skills Programme was rolled-out in late 2012, with the Higher Education Authority requesting proposals from higher education providers for a further round of specialist programmes aimed at addressing identified ICT and software development skills gaps. 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.

Further information on the NFQ Level 8 courses on offer and application details are available at www.ictskills.ie. All courses are supported by the HEA and Department of Education and Skills which means the tuition fees normally associated with such courses are waived. Applications from jobseekers with cognate/numerical skills and underlying aptitude for programming will be particular welcome. These courses 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.

For further information:

• Find information on ICT Skills courses at www.ictskills.ie
• Download the ICT Action Plan (PDF).
• Visit the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs website.
• The ICT Skills 2013 Call for Proposals is available here: Word Version - PDF Version
• Information on the 2012 call and outcomes to date is available here

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