educationICT Skills/Springboard Work Placement

ICT Skills/Springboard Work Placement


If you are interested in the Work Placement Programme please complete the

Employer Response Form

or contact us for further details.

New partnerships are forged every year by the Springboard IT Placement Coordinator (Martina Mullally) both in Ireland and abroad and where possible every effort is made to place students in the most suitable work environment.

Students – why undertake a work placement?

It is a major opportunity to put your academic knowledge into practice in the "real world of work" and develop new professional and ICT skills.  It also improves students' prospects of future employment and helps students decide on their career path.

Employers - why take a student?

It is a chance to gain access to high calibre, eager, and ambitious undergraduates with different specialisations: Systems Analysis and Design, Web Design, Software Validation, Security & Forensics and Mobile App Development.   Work Placement is also an opportunity to develop and sustain strong links between your business and Higher Education.

The WIT Work Placement office also works closely with our Careers Centre.  For Graduate recruitment please contact the Careers centre directly.

Work Placement - A Best Practice Guide for StudentsWork Placement - A Best Practice Guide for Students

A Best Practice Guide for Employers Work Placement - A Best Practice Guide for Employers

It is important that students' skills and competencies meet employer requirements so we ask that employers select students for interview, and the employers decide who to offer a work placement to.  We facilitate the process through matching student CV’s with employer specifications and setting up interviews. 

We advertise the placement to students before submitting CV’s. We also communicate work placement offers to students and remain a point of contact throughout the placement.  A student must accept the first placement they are offered.

During work placement, the performance of the students is monitored and appraised both by the employer and the Placement Coordinator. Each student is assigned a WIT mentor who is a senior lecturer or a member of the work placement team, and the employer would appoint a work supervisor.

The duration of the work placement is subject to specific programme requirements.  The maximum duration is dependent on the start dates of students' next semester, but could be up to 6 months. Some companies offer a training wage, and some placements may be unpaid.

Work Placement Process

Springboard Work Placement

Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science (Level 8) 

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science is an 2 year online conversion course specifically designed to allow existing non-ICT level 8 graduates to acquire the industry-relevant ICT and software development skills, expertise and practical experience required to become suitable candidates for employment in the ICT domain in general and in software development in particular.

The course will comprise of an intensive taught course of core programming and computer science modules followed by a 6-month work placement. It includes a combination of fundamental concepts and practical exposure to problem solving, programming, and the broader software development ecosystem (increasingly known as “DevOps”), including system administration and security.

This is a partly funded course, which is funded by the Department of Education & Skills and the Higher Education Authority as part of the Action Plan to tackle the ICT skills gap identified by the Forfás Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN).

Work Placement for the Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science is for a period of between four and 6 months and takes place in semester 4, the last semester from June to December.

For further information on this programme visit

​Higher Diploma in Science in Business Systems Analysis 2 Year PART-TIME (Level 8):

Data Analytics, Enterprise Software Systems and Systems Analysis are identified by the Irish Government's Expert Group on Future Skills Needs as areas where there is a skills shortage in Ireland and consequently a large number of current, live job opportunities for appropriately trained graduates.

The WIT Higher Diploma in Business Systems Analysis has been designed in conjunction with industrial partners most notably the information services division of Sun Life Financial services to produce graduates matched to these employment opportunities.

This graduate entry course is particularly suited to either business or computing graduates who wish to enhance existing knowledge and up-skill into roles in business systems and data analysis, systems design and administration.

The course content includes Systems Analysis and Design; HCI and Web Design; Database Modelling; Enterprise Software Skills; Web Development; Data Analytics; Software Validation and Evolution; Project & Change Management

Work Placement or completing a Industry-led project for the Higher Diploma in Business Systems Analysis is for a period of 3 months and takes place in semester 3, the last semester from June to August.

TSSG Store All SAP Donedeal
Sunlife Financial Dataworks OSS Software BITS IT Solutions
Kodacall StitcherAds ClearStream Technologies Datapac
IOC Save FundRecs Rigney Dolphin Threefold Systems
Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency HiberniaEvros FeedHenry MIT Education Solutions
GBR Direct Emagine Media Bluefin Payment Systems Merlyn Showering
Cipher Tech Solutions Dunhill Multi-Education Centre Beat FM Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Information Service

Martina Mullally:  Placement Coordinator

Tel:  +353 51 302 849

Email:  m[email protected]

Postal Address:  Room A03, School of Lifelong Learning & Education, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford.