€1.5m in free and subsidised places available at WIT this January

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Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD announced over €30 million in free and subsidised higher education places under the Jobs Stimulus package to help get people back to work, upskill workers and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of COVID-19

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD announced over €30 million in free and subsidised higher education places under the Jobs Stimulus package to help get people back to work, upskill workers and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of COVID-19

The shorter ‘Modular Provision’ courses include courses in science, education, computing, business and administration including Social Enterprise Management and the masters courses are in business, computing and engineering

Adult learners will now be able to apply for a 90% or 100% subsidised place on a further choice of courses that start this January at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).

WIT has won over €1m funding to offer 84 places on one-year full-time masters courses and 233 places on shorter ‘modular provision’ courses under the Government’s ‘July Stimulus’ initiative.

New year, new you

The institute is opening applications on 20 November 2020 to  selected courses which will have a late January 2021 start. All courses will open for online applications on 20 November at www.wit.ie/fundedcourses. People with queries about the courses are welcome to avail of the opportunities to talk to staff at the open day website www.wit.ie/open on 20 and 21 November.

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Last month Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD announced over €30 million in free and subsidised higher education places under the Jobs Stimulus package to help get people back to work, upskill workers and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of COVID-19.

SME supports

Minister Harris said that many of courses focus on future proofing the skills of those in employment, particularly in roles that may be impacted by digitalisation.

"These courses will enable people across the country to embark on new pathways, or refresh or reskill in their employment. We must ensure a jobs led recovery by putting upskilling and SME supports centre stage. This is a crucial part of the jigsaw."

The courses fall into two categories: full-time postgraduate courses and ‘modular courses’ are short and focused and will be offered in a flexible manner, allowing people to gain important skills without taking a considerable period away from the labour market.

Upskill and reskill

Neil Quinlan, Head of the Department of Lifelong Learning at WIT welcoming the funding said:

“Minister Harris and the Higher Education Authority deserve credit for bringing this new stimulus scheme to fruition amidst the pandemic. Building on the success of the Springboard initiative it offers a broad range of further upskilling opportunities to people in the South East to upskill and reskill to better meet the current and future challenges we’re dealing with.”

Courses for a variety of people

The full-time taught postgraduate courses include masters in business, computing and engineering. They are fully-funded for returners while employed, formerly self-employed and recent graduates pay just 10% of the course fee.

The shorter ‘Modular Provision’ courses are fully-funded for unemployed, people on PUP and returners, while the employed and recent graduates pay 10% of the normal fee. They include courses in science, education, computing, business and administration including Social Enterprise Management.

All courses will open for online applications on 20 November at www.wit.ie/fundedcourses.


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