Maynooth University has announced the availability of 90 places on two Springboard+ courses at the University; the Higher Diploma in Software Development (1 year full time) and the Higher Diploma in Data Analytics (1 year full time). Both courses are designed to offer graduates the opportunity to develop careers in the software and data analytics job sectors, which are growing, and in need of skilled personnel.
Speaking about the Higher Diploma in Software Development, lecturer Joe Duffin from the Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University, explains: “This course is a one year programme for graduates who already have a level 8 degree qualification in any subject other than computer science or software development, and who want to up-skill for a career in ICT. The course modules have an industrial IT focus, including databases, web development and mobile applications, as well as a work placement module which provides CV writing and interview skills.”
Describing the Higher Diploma in Data Analytics, Dr Caroline Brophy, lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Maynooth University explains: “Huge volumes of data are collected every day in sectors such as healthcare, finance, food science and travel, and graduates with the skills to analyse this data are in huge demand. The Higher Diploma in Data Analytics includes modules on programming, statistical methods and databases with a strong emphasis on real world data. Graduates interested in this course should have a primary degree with some mathematical content.”
The Springboard+ initiative in Higher Education offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.
Closing date for application to both courses is 15 August, 2016, with the programme commencing on 29 August, 2016. Students can apply for Maynooth University’s Springboard courses at www.springboardcourses.ie.
Springboard+ is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.