NUI Galway Offers Free Places on Software Development Programme with 90%+ Employment Rate

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

(l-r) Louise Gilligan and Neil Kelly who recently graduated after trained in conjunction with Sogeti Ireland and are now enjoying long-term employment with Sogeti.
(l-r) Louise Gilligan and Neil Kelly who recently graduated after trained in conjunction with Sogeti Ireland and are now enjoying long-term employment with Sogeti.

NUI Galway, in collaboration with 16 software industry partners, is offering a limited number of free places on its innovative Higher Diploma in Software Design and Development Programme.

Student fees for the course are funded by the Higher Education Authority given the strategic importance of developing skills in this area. Successful applicants therefore, pay no fees, only a student levy of €224.

90% of Higher Diploma in Software Design and Development graduates have secured employment. Many of the graduates are employed with some of Ireland’s leading software companies. NUI Galway has designed this one year conversion programme in conjunction with 16 leading IT employers which enables graduates to reskill for employment in the software development area.

The overall goal of this postgraduate conversion programme is to strategically increase the supply of skilled graduates to meet the needs of Ireland’s high-growth software industry. It will provide graduates with a fast track, focused computing qualification, and presents them with an opportunity to obtain valuable industry work experience.

The Higher Diploma in Software Design and Development builds on the existing strengths of collaborative academic-industry interaction in the Galway region, and will provide graduates with a solid foundation in key areas of software design, a choice of software architecture specialisations in either .NET or Java Enterprise. The final aspect of the course involves a guaranteed three-month paid internship to gain industry experience, and as a result provides the opportunity to kick-start your career as a software developer.

Each student progresses through the course will have their training content determined by their associated industry partner. On completion of the course, these students will have transformed their employability in the current economy, with a range of great options opening up to them for further progression either in industry or via more specialisation through a masters. 

The industry partners include Avaya, IBM, Accenture, Cisco, Fidelity Investments, INSIGHT, Storm Technologies, The Marine Institute, Solano Tech Ltd, NetFort Technologies and Schneider Electric.

Dr Enda Howley, Course Director, said “This is a fantastic opportunity for highly motivated analytical graduates particularly from engineering and science beckgrounds, to invest just one year of their time in further education, and, through placement experience with our Industry partners; they will have an excellent prospect for recruitment as software developers in Ireland’s high tech ICT sector. This sector is experiencing rapid expansion at the moment, and there is a growing skills shortage for ICT graduate roles that these students are ideally suited to fill.”

He added “It is estimated that there will be 900,000 unfilled vacancies in the EU for ICT professionals by 2015. Now is a perfect time for people to reskill for employment in this sector. The economy is full of very talented and enthusiastic engineering or science graduates who unfortunately are finding it difficult to find employment due to a skills mismatch. But these people are ideally suited for a career in the ICT sector, and simply require some targeted training. Take for example, civil engineers. They are known for their great problem solving abilities, and having a can-do attitude. These are often the most sought after, and hard to find skills for software developers.”

“The Higher Diploma programme was recently a finalist for two national GradIreland Awards under two categories ‘Best New Course’ and ‘Best IT Programme’, so we are particularly proud of the recognition the programme has been receiving since its launch in 2012”, continued Dr Howley.

The programme is open to all those who have a level 8 degree or alternatively those with a level 7 degree and has some relevant industry work experience. The programme is ideal for those from a Science or Engineering background, and relish challenges along the lines of problem solving or project work.

NUI Galway is now processing applications and those interested can make their application through www.springboardcourses.ie, or seek more information via the twitter account @hdipindustry.  Significant interest in this free course is expected and early application is advisable. Deadline for final applications is Friday, 18 July. For further information contact the Programme Director, Dr Enda Howley at ehowley@nuigalway.ie.

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Author: Marketing and Communications Office, NUI Galway
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