Funded places ideal for people getting ready to launch their careers as well as to individuals seeking to enhance their employment progression
A number of full-time Masters and modular courses from the School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have Government-funded places for students starting in January 2021.
WIT has won over €1m funding to offer 84 places on one-year full-time masters courses. There will be places on three masters programmes. These include: MBS Internationalisation, MBS Human Resource Management, and MBS Management.
There will be 233 places on shorter ‘modular provision’ courses under the Government’s ‘July Stimulus’ initiative and the selection available at WIT include the Level 8 Certificate in Management Development, Governance and Ethics, and the Level 8 Certificate in Project Management.
The institute is opening applications on 20 November 2020 to engineering, business and computing courses which will have a late January 2021 start.
Adult learners will now be able to apply for a 90% or 100% subsidised place on the MSc in Innovative
Prof Denis Harrington, Head of the Department of Graduate Business at WIT explains that under this initiative there will be postgraduate programmes in management, human resource management and internationalisation funded for eligible students.
“These programmes offer candidates the opportunity to not only acquire core business knowledge and skills, professional development and research competencies; but also allows candidates to build on a specialist subject area in an area of their choice,” he says
The Department of Graduate Business will seek to recruit outstanding candidates whose intellectual ability, management potential, personal qualities and working experience indicate that they will benefit and contribute to the institute’s learning environment.
“Given the current changes underway in a range of companies and industries, the courses will aim to enhance career skills and prospects for prospective students as well as or be used as a catalyst to change into new specialist roles in a myriad of public and private sector organisations. The programmes are also of interest to those candidates interested in setting up new ventures,” Prof Harrington adds.
In October 2020 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 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.
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.”
While programme delivery platforms are different this year, as in previous years, candidates will experience innovative learning methods, undertake practical assignments and acquire the key competencies and skills that will help them advance their careers. The career path chosen by students will also be enhanced through the Department of Graduate Business’s practitioner seminar programme, business simulation and in the close relationships it maintains with past graduates and alumni.
All courses will open for online applications from 20 November 2020 at www.wit.ie/fundedcourses.