Dublin Business School is now offering free ICT Skill Courses to students. We spoke to them to find out more about these courses, the college and what’s on offer for students who may be interested.
Can you tell us about the history of DBS?
Dublin Business School (DBS) was established in 1975 and is the largest independent third level college in Ireland with over 9,000 students. The College has established itself as a centre of excellence and is recognised as a high-quality provider of third level education, with a record of distinction in student academic and career achievement.
In 2003 DBS was acquired by Kaplan, Inc. the education division of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC), formerly the Washington Post Company.
Where are you located?
With city centre campuses on Aungier Street, South Great Georges Street, Balfe Street and Bow Lane, DBS has prime locations in the heart of Dublin city centre.
How many students partake in one of DBS’ courses each year?
DBS has over 9,000 students enrolled across all of the different programmes.
Can you give me an overview of the different categories you offer courses in?
DBS provides a comprehensive range of full-time and part-time Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree, Professional Diploma, Professional Accountancy, English Language, Executive Education programmes and a new online-only offering called DBX. DBS is also the largest provider of government-funded Springboard+ courses in Ireland.
How many courses in total do you offer?
We offer over 150 courses at DBS. All of our Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Springboard and ICT programmes are accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and are recognised on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). DBS programmes are recognised by various associated bodies, e.g. Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), Library Association of Ireland (LAI).
Why should students choose DBS?
DBS offers fully accredited programmes in the heart of the city centre – the city is our campus. As well as offering a thriving student environment,
DBS Alumni have progressed to successful careers and many occupy senior positions in professional and commercial institutions, both in Ireland and overseas.
What services can you offer employers?
DBS is committed to the philosophy of lifelong learning. We offer a comprehensive range of Professional Programmes which will give students a competitive advantage in the work force. Our Professional Programmes are delivered on a part-time basis to address the constraints of modern work and lifestyle commitment. DBS offers part-time Diplomas, Degrees, Postgraduate and Professional Accountancy Programmes to cater for all levels and areas of corporate training.
We have found an increase in demand for company specific training programmes, incorporating academic qualifications with an industry specific approach. Programmes are designed and tailored based on your organisational needs. Company specific training can be a more cost effective option for your organisation, cultivating managerial talent internally and increasing staff retention.
Our team of industry experienced academics can design a programme focused on your corporate strategy by developing business knowledge and management skills.
You are currently offering a range of free ICT Skills courses. Can you tell me some more about that, please?
DBS in conjunction with Microsoft Ireland, their Partner Network and other Industry Partners under the Government Springboard+ initiative is providing participants the opportunity to reskill or cross skill for FREE under approved and accredited Level 8 ICT conversion awards. Our ICT Skills programmes have been identified as providing specialised ICT training that will offer graduates a realistic prospect of a graduate level entry into the ICT sector and produce graduates that genuinely satisfy the needs of industry.
We currently offer a Level 8 Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in the specialist streams of Software Development, IT Infrastructure & Networking and Web & Cloud Technologies, a Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics and a Higher Diploma in Science in Fintech*. These programmes are awarded by Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI).
The full-time course is 10 months with students typically attending classes Monday – Friday (9.00am-5.00pm). Upon successful completion of the 7 months taught programme, participants will engage in a minimum 3 month work placement with a relevant industry partner. The part-time course is 2 evenings per week over 2 academic years with a few Saturday classes. The part-time courses do not incorporate a work placement programme and students will complete an industry project.
*Subject to validation
What career opportunities can students expect after completing a course with DBS?
ICT Skills graduates at DBS enjoy great successes after they finish their programmes, and many of our students have gone to work in high profile companies. See below some quotes from graduates of the ICT Skills programmes.
“I would describe the course as intensive, challenging and highly rewarding. The workload and commitment of the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing required a massive amount of dedication, hard work and adaptability from each student. After its completion, I now view choosing it as one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Through completing the course, I have obtained a position with a well-respected large multinational organisation. Without the course and Dublin Business School’s contacts in the jobs market, this would not have been possible.”
Keith O’Brien, Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (IT Infrastructure and Networking)
“The course I did allowed me to up-skill and transition into a growth area which presented greater opportunities for me to move forward in my career. It was hard work but definitely worth it in the end! The best part of the course was the great group of people I met in DBS who were doing the course with me. The teamwork in the class was really positive, and we worked towards our goals by collaborating with one another.
The people I met there are very much part of my professional network and we still keep very much in touch.”
Siobhan Ní hAodha, Higher Diploma in Science and Data Analytics.