The Skills and Engagement Unit facilitates skills development by managing a number of national initiatives, which includes the national Apprenticeship scheme and Springboard+. These initiatives contribute to national targets on skills development and require ongoing engagement with the education sector, industry and community and civic organisations.

Minister Harris announces postgraduate and modular places under the July Stimulus HE Initiative


The Springboard+ initiative in higher education offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities.

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Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the work place with learning in an education or training centre.

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Human Capital Initiative

The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) will deliver an investment targeted towards increasing capacity in higher education in skills focused programmes designed to meet priority skills needs.

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Skills and Engagement News

ICT Skills

The HEA administer and provide funding for a number of initiatives arising from the ICT Skills Action Plan.

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The National Student Engagement Programme is a collaborative initiative under development by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the Higher Education Authority (HEA), and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

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Skills and Engagement Publications


Summer camps for teenagers are being funded in entrepreneurship, creativity, design skills and innovation to allow participants develop creative confidence, entrepreneurial thinking and leadership skills.

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  • Dr. Vivienne Patterson:
    Head of Skills, Engagement and Statistics
  • Fiona Davis: Senior Manager
  • Louise Sherry: Senior Manager
  • Sorcha Carthy: Senior Manager
  • Fergal Noone: Senior Executive Officer
  • Kieran McNally: Senior Executive Officer
  • Maria Cross: Executive Officer
  • Carol Kellegher: Executive Officer



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