- Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science 2 Year PART-TIME ONLINE (Level 8): Placement Period: June - December
- Higher Diploma in Science in Business Systems Analysis 2 Year PART-TIME (Level 8): Placement Period June - August
- Higher Diploma in Science in Business Systems Analysis 1 Year FULL-TIME (Level 8): Placement Period: June - August
- Higher Diploma in Agri Food ICT Systems 2 Year PART-TIME BLENDED (Level 8): Placement Period: June - August
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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.
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
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 www.wit.ie/ictskills
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.
This is a 12 month programme, which comprises of an intensive taught course of core modules providing a thorough grounding in analysis and design, programming and computer science modules, followed by a 3-month work placement. It includes a combination of fundamental concepts and practical exposure to problem solving, programming, and the broader software development ecosystem including web-based systems.
The course provides the student with knowledge in key business topics such as Project Management, and more technical subjects like Web Design Fundamentals and Database Modelling. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have the skills to work effectively as an autonomous individual or as part of a team in a professional software development role.
This course is particularly suited to business graduates who wish to increase their skills in computing and to combine business and computing skills to design IT systems that address business needs. The course is also suited to graduates with a computing background who wish to develop their analysis, design and problem solving skills.
Work Placement 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.
The Higher Diploma in Agri-Food ICT Systems aims to graduate global leading Agri-food graduates. The course is designed to provide students with an ability to become informed in the requirements of the AgriFood sector and build their knowledge and competencies to become better positioned to overcome complexities of selecting, deploying, controlling and managing the technology and its data for the Agri-food sector both in Ireland and Internationally.
With a focus on learning through applied industrial challenges students will develop a strong numeracy and technology competency whilst being committed to and engaged in a practical and dynamic learning environment. This will focus on the various requirements for database maintenance and scaling for industrial environments, an ability to manage and interpret and analyse big data, either locally or cloud hosted. Students will also develop skills in data modelling representation and visualisation. Student will also hear from entrepreneur in the Agri-Food sector and their challenges encountered in developing a new product / technology. Finally students will partake in a Career Development Skills which is designed to better position the graduate for entry / re-entry or promotion within the work force. This dynamic learning environment will be complimented with industry leading guest speakers from a policy, industrial and research background presenting students with state of the art thinking in the sector and everyday challenges encountered. Skills acquired will be openly transferable and industry relevant both nationally and internationally.
The course will be delivered on a blended learning style basis and will require students be present on campus on as well as engage with interactive online material over 2 years. The student will be required to take 9 core modules, from a combination of both 5 and 10 credit modules, with an elective in Semester 3 and 4. Students will be requires to complete 60 credits in order to obtain the HDip in Agri-Food ICT Systems.
Martina Mullally: Placement Coordinator
Tel: +353 51 302 849
Postal Address: Room A03, School of Lifelong Learning & Education, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford.