WIT experiences rise in demand for part-time programmes with 300+ increase in one year

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Adult learners working together on a project in the library

Adult learners working together on a project in the library

WIT part-time courses are integrated with academic schools and departments and have solid academic quality which is important to students and employers

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has seen a 363 rise in part-time students from 2017/2018 to 2018/2019 according to the latest audited Higher Education Authority (HEA) SRS Returns. The number of students studying WIT’s part-time and online courses increased to 1650 in 2018, a 28% increase on 2017.

WIT’s upcoming open evening on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 (5pm-7pm) will give adults who are considering a change of career, upskilling or climbing the career ladder a chance to find out how they can benefit from a course.

Value of learning appreciated

Neil Quinlan, Head of the Department of Lifelong Learning says more and more adult learners and employers see the value in continuous learning.

“We are delighted to see an increase in our overall flexible and part-time student numbers as well as students of our online courses. The institute has placed a major emphasis on flexible and part-time learning over the last number of years with a focus on supporting industry needs through bespoke and flexible course delivery. It’s not too late to enquire about courses starting this September. Applications for 2019 can be made until late August and WIT staff are on hand to talk through the application process.”

“Lifelong learning is a mainstream activity of all academic departments at WIT,” explains Quinlan. “Our part-time courses are integrated with academic schools and departments and are of solid academic quality. This is important not just to our students but in many cases their employers who support their return to education.”

Springboard and Part-time Open Evening on Wednesday 21 August 2019

Waterford Institute of Technology is to host a Springboard and Part-time Open Evening on Wednesday 21 August 2019.

This gives people considering a return to education through an evening course, online course or through block release the chance to talk to WIT subject experts and discuss flexible course opportunities available in 2019/20. Springboard+ experts will also be on hand to discuss Springboard+. Springboard-funded courses are now open to people irrespective of their employment status.

Applications for 2019 can be made until late August WIT staff are on hand to talk through the application process.

Springboard level 6 courses will remain free to all participants, and returning students and those in receipt of certain allowances, including Jobseekers Benefit, will continue to be able to access courses free of charge. For employed participants on Springboard courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee will be funded by the Government, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

There is no need to register for this free event - just turn up on the evening.


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