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Pilot Postgraduate Programme of Professional Practice (PGPP) - JobBridge

The Department of Social Protection (DSP), in partnership with the Higher Education Authority (HEA), is introducing a pilot Postgraduate Programme of Professional Practice (PGPP) as part of JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme. Within the framework of a JobBridge internship, interns will undertake work-based learning, with approved host organisations in relevant industry sectors, and on completion will be awarded a Level 9 Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice.

The 2014 Action Plan for Jobs identified such a pilot programme as a priority. Action 174, under Aligning Education and Training Output with Enterprise and Skills Needs - Higher Education Reforms (Action Plan, pg. 70), states that the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and DES, DJEI, DSP, enterprise agencies, with HEIs and industry should  ‘implement a pilot Post Graduate Programme of Professional Practice to provide opportunity for graduates to acquire cross disciplinary skills in STEM based sectors’.

This Pilot Programme has been developed by a Joint Taskforce comprising representatives of industry and higher education institutions, supported by the HEA, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland (AMCHAM), the Department of Education and Skills and other State Agencies including Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. The pilot will facilitate the offering of PGPP placements to level 8 graduates under the JobBridge Scheme. PGPP placements are being offered by the following Enterprise Partners in this first phase (June 2014), these internships are currently available to applicants at www.jobbridge.ie.

Education Provider

Enterprise Partner (Host Organisation)

PGPP Internships

CIT

Boston Scientific

3

CIT

Eli Lilly

3

CIT

Merck Sharp and Dome

3

DIT

Aramark Inc.

3

DIT

Dell Computers

5

DIT

IBM

11

DIT

Webroot

3

DIT

PayPal

5

Total

 

36

 

You can search for pilot JobBridge PGPP internship opportunities at: http://intern.jobbridge.ie/ using ‘PGPP’ as a keyword.

Learning Programme

The pilot PGPP will provide an opportunity for graduates to acquire validated cross-disciplinary skills in a work based environment with potential employers. The pilot PGPP will provide a systemic bridging between education and employment through the acquisition of new workplace relevant skills via a structured on-the-job professional experience.  It is intended that this blend of education and skills will help graduates to gain real-workplace experience in increasingly specialised roles within the world-class industrial base here in Ireland.

The pilot PGPP will comprise three modules, each of 10 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits: Personal Development and Employability; Organisational Context and Practice Specialisation; all aimed at ensuring that the participant gains knowledge, skills and competencies that both broaden and deepen their on-the-job learning.

How it works

PGPP internship opportunities will be advertised by the host organisation on the JobBridge website. Interested applicants will make an application directly to the host organisation through the JobBridge website.

Host organisations will be responsible for candidate selection and will notify applicants of the outcomes. Host organisations will be required to confirm the JobBridge eligibility of participants with the Department using the usual JobBridge mechanism (UP51c Form). The JobBridge infrastructure will be used to record and monitor participant progress.

Who is eligible to apply?

The standard JobBridge eligibility criteria for jobseekers apply e.g., potential interns must be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, Jobseekers Benefit, One Parent Family Payment, Disability Allowance or signing for credits for at least 3 months (78 days) out of the last 6 months and have a live claim.  Interns will receive a €50 weekly top-up in addition to their Social Welfare payments, if any.

In addition jobseekers must have a relevant level 8 qualification to be eligible to enrol in the Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (PGPP). Further details on the academic aspects of the PGPP here:

CIT - www.cit.ie/PGPP

DIT - http://www.dit.ie/postgrad/programmes/postgraduatecertificateinprofessionalpractice/

Search for Opportunities

You can search for pilot JobBridge PGPP internship opportunities at: http://intern.jobbridge.ie/ using ‘PGPP’ as a keyword.

For further information on the PGPP programme contact skills@hea.ie

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