Learn and Work at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Describe the course – the elevator pitch
In response to demands from companies in the ICT sector and increasing interest in technology programmes amongst school leavers and mature students, the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) has launched a new work placement programme, Learn and Work. Learn and Work is an innovative third level programme that has been designed with industry and it combines in-company placement with up to date technical skills that are currently very much in demand by companies.
The Learn and Work ‘Higher Certificate in Science in Computing’ offer’s training in becoming a network engineer. The course aims to fill the gap between classroom and the work place by producing ICT graduates with advanced skills and work experience that mean business. This is a two year programme with 8 months in college and 16 months work training experience.
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How are you different?
This course is designed in collaboration with industry and involves a 16 month work placement. For students they have the chance of gaining work placement experience, academic qualification, industry certifications and a progression route to a BSc Honours* in Computing in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security at ITB.
Why is the course useful for candidates?
The course offers companies a pipeline of talent in what is a difficult recruitment environment. The course offers a practical two year course in becoming a network technician. The combination of academic qualification, work experience and possible industry certification is attractive to companies and students. For students who are more practical or hands on this course offers an attractive combination of learning and working. The industry has a growing need for trainees and qualified staff to fill a growing demand for their talent pipelines. This programme is supported by ICT Skillnet’s and relevant industry companies.
Gerry Doyle Network Manager ICT Ireland Skillnet “I believe ITB’s Learn and Work programme will play an important role in building a pipeline of candidates with highly relevant knowledge, real world skills that companies are trying to fill.”
Benefits of Learn and Work for students:
Achieve a 3rd level qualification
Gain valuable skills that employers want
Learn through hands on experience
Avail of progression routes to degree programmes
Enjoy a new model of learning
Where are you based?
The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown is based in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
The companies are located in Dublin/Kildare and Meath.
When was the program launched?
The programme was launched in March 2016
The course commences in Sept 2016 with students ready for work placement in Jan 2017.
What have been your biggest wins to date?
ICT Skillnets are supporters of the programme. (www.ictskillnet.org)
We have companies involved such as, Damovo, Cisco partner resellers, Fleet Connect and others.
‘Damovo has identified the Learn and Work programme from ITB as a perfect fit to enable us to develop the right competencies and skills. In partnership with ITB, Damovo are confident that trainees will achieve the required skills to quickly become valuable and productive members of the Operations team’.
Bernard Hickey Operations & Service Delivery Manager Damovo Ireland.
What type of people are you trying to attract?
We are trying to attract students who have an interest in computers and computer networks.
For Companies hiring tech talent with the best ICT qualifications raises the standard of professionals working within the industry and the qualifications of company’s staff.
By recruiting a student you can infuse your business culture with fresh energy new ideas and advanced technical skills.
Graduates will gain skills in Computer Systems Infrastructure, Networking Virtualisation, Operating Systems, IT Security and Project Management. Each of these skills can be built with further study and/or industry certification. The programme prepares candidates for careers in networking, data centre and cloud based disciplines. There are limited places available on the course and entry is direct via www.ITB.ie.
Tell us about your team? The academic lead is Tom Nolan from ITB who has a long history in delivering industry led courses.
What are you long term plans for the course?
We plan to add other Learn and Work industry led courses such as industrial automation.
How do people get in touch with you?