Short modular courses across a range of social enterprise, digital, business, and technology skills will be available at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) this September under the Government’s ‘July Stimulus’ initiative.

Many of the courses focus on future proofing the skills of those in employment. Altogether 193 places are available across the following courses: Certificate in Social Enterprise Management, Certificate in Business Intelligence, Certificate in Cloud Architecture, Certificate in Agile Software Development, L6 Certificate in Project Management, Payroll and Computerised Accounts, Digital Marketing & Social Media, Blended Learning, and Digital Literacy.

Last year 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.

Neil Quinlan, Head of the Department of Lifelong Learning at WIT welcoming the funding said: “The ‘modular courses’ are short and focused and will be offered in a flexible manner and will largely be delivered through blended learning. This stimulus scheme builds on the success of the Springboard initiative and offers a great opportunity for people who want to upskill and reskill. We expect high demand on many of these courses and encourage people to apply soon rather than waiting.”

These short courses are open for online applications at www.wit.ie/JulyStimulus.

The short ‘Modular Provision’ courses are fully-funded for unemployed, people on PUP and returners, while the employed and recent graduates pay 10% of the normal fee.

Altogether there are more than 80 part-time courses available to adult learners at WIT including Springboard+ programmes in areas of identified skills needs. Springboard+ courses are free for the unemployed, previously self-employed and returners to the workforce and are also free for employed people on NFQ Level 6 courses.

For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee is funded by the state, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

The 17 Springboard+ programmes on offer at WIT for 2021/22 span business, science, computing, engineering and the culinary world. They include: Diploma in Supervisory Practice, Higher Diploma in Business Systems Analysis, Certificate in Introduction to Automation Engineering, Certificate in Biomedical Engineering, Certificate in International Regulatory Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts.