Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet and DIT collaborate to develop a new Masters programme, in response to the industry need for upskilling technologists into management roles. This leading-edge course will provide a career pathway for IT Professionals and help companies future proof their business by retaining existing technical expert staff.

Announcing a new Level 9 Masters in Leadership, Innovation and Technology that will enhance the personal impact and influence of participants within their companies and develop their practical leadership and innovation skills.

The programme will be delivered part-time over two years mostly online with additional face-to-face workshops. A key feature of this Masters is that there are no exams and the learning can be applied immediately in the workplace ensuring maximum value for the participant and the company.

Two thirds of the Masters award will be linked to completion of a major research or transformation project to be carried out by the participant within their own company. This brings a practical emphasis to the course and allows companies identify real world returns from the process.

Creating a pipeline of innovative business leaders, this highly practical programme is aimed at technologists (including SME owners and managers) who lack the broad base of business, personal and commercial skills. It will enable them to be more effective in their current role and seek higher and more complex managerial roles within the technology sector.

The programme will address key themes in leadership, organisational behaviour, strategy, innovation, personal awareness, change management, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship, creativity and critical thinking.

Speaking after the programme launch Carmel Somers, Talent Manager, IBM Ireland Lab said:

“We welcome this new programme that will be delivered by the Dublin Institute of Technology, because it meets the needs of our company both in terms of up-skilling our existing team and developing a steady stream of new talent. We have been actively involved and fully supportive of this programme from the start. It provides a practical and timely response to filling the skills gap in this key area.”

Paul O’Reilly, Head of School of Management at Dublin Institute of Technology remarked:

“This programme concentrates on the personal and professional development of the participants by honing their analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills; developing personal, consultancy and research competencies; and building a detailed understanding of the tools, methodologies and frameworks to support advanced management capability.”

Paul Sweetman, Director, Technology Ireland said:

 “Developing management skills is one of the most critical activities facing any company. In the ICT sector it can also be one of the most challenging, given the diversity and scope of the work which the average manager in an ICT company performs. This programme is unique because the structure and content has been designed by industry with the help of DIT to allow current and potential managers develop the broad range of skills they need to be effective on a daily basis.”

The first intake of candidates will start in April 2018.  The response to the programme thus far has been very positive with only a few places remaining on this pilot. For further information go to: 

About Technology Ireland

Technology Ireland is the technology sector association of Ibec. Representing over 200 members, we advocate on behalf of Ireland’s indigenous and foreign direct investment (FDI) technology companies. We work to ensure Ireland is the most competitive location in the world to grow successful technology businesses. Our mission is to make Ireland a global technology powerhouse.


About Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet

Established in 2005, this network is promoted by Technology Ireland (part of Ibec), the largest business organisation representing Ireland’s tech sector. The network aims to ensure that Irish ICT companies remain competitive and are at the cutting edge of technology. This network has a strong track record in the development of new programmes that address advanced technical skill sets including recent new Masters programmes in Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, DevOps and IT Architecture.

About DIT

With a history dating back to 1887, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is one of the largest education providers in Ireland currently accounting for 9% of all higher education students. Programmes offered in DIT, from apprenticeship to PhD, are distinctively practice-based and research-informed. Responding to education, cultural and economic changes in our society, DIT engages with local community partners; works closely with industry; and collaborates with academic institutions nationally and internationally. The development of the new DIT campus at Grangegorman in Dublin’s inner city is the biggest project of its kind in Europe and will see more than 50% of all current DIT activities located on one campus by 2019. Meanwhile, working with partner institutions in IT Blanchardstown (ITB) and IT Tallaght (ITT), DIT aims to develop Ireland’s first Technological University which will make a significant contribution to the social and economic development of the Dublin region.

About DIT College of Business

The College provides teaching and research opportunities to PhD level and currently has over five thousand registered students. We occupy a state of the art business school facility on Aungier St, just off the corner of St Stephens Green. Our twenty thousand square metre complex provides an enhanced learning and research environment with state of the art facilities and a leading edge information technology capability. The library is probably the finest business library in these islands offering our staff, our students, visiting researchers and business partners’ access to a comprehensive range of sources and databases and excellent online resources. The College is internationally benchmarked having achieved AMBA accreditation for its MBA provision. In addition, it has achieved a rating of 3 palmes from Eduniversal, identifying the College as “nationally strong with extensive international links”. The College is now actively pursuing AACSB accreditation which is a globally recognised benchmark of excellence in education development and delivery.

The Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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