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Education a solution to re-boot Waterford careers at risk from Covid-19 effect

Neil Quinlan WITThe Head of the Department of Lifelong Learning at Waterford Institute of Technology, Neil Quinlan, has said that the Government’s range of Springboard+ courses and the institute’s part-time and flexible course offering could be key to helping futureproof careers impacted by Covid-19.

Speaking ahead of the 1st July ‘Virtual Open Day’ for adult learners, Quinlan said education will be the answer to future of work worries for many employees, jobseekers, previously self-employed people and people returning to the workforce across the region.

“The impact of Covid-19 will have many people across Waterford looking to futureproof their employability. Our Springboard+, part-time and flexible learning options are delivered in modes that are amenable to people with busy lives.”

The free/highly subsidised courses launched under the institute’s Enterprise Support Initiative last month were in high demand and it is expected more adults will turn to learning this year.

The Virtual Open Day on 1st July will be feature two 1-hour Zoom sessions, lunchtime and evening, and will feature talks from academic experts and the Springboard Team who will explain the application process. Details will be available on the WIT website and on social media ahead of the day. See www.wit.ie and www.wit.ie/parttime.

“Every autumn adults turn to part-time learning and this year we are expecting a surge of applications as people look to re-skill or upskill. Our 1 July Virtual Open Day for adult learners will allow people to ask questions they may have about returning to study, fees, and areas they are interested in,” Quinlan says.

The list of WIT Springboard and Part-time courses for 2020/21 will be launched at the Virtual Open Day. Quinlan says courses will be available in a wide variety of areas including business and management, construction engineering, biopharmachem sciences, biomedical engineering, fintech, computing and data analytics, childcare, hospitality and more. Courses may be 1-year courses to add to existing qualifications or it’s also possible for adult learners to do a variety of full degree qualifications part-time.

Among these will be free or highly-subsidised Springboard+ higher-education courses from WIT which are open to both employed and unemployed people.

“Springboard+ courses are designed to allow people to re-boot their career through significant upskilling within one-year of less.  Courses are fully-funded for the unemployed, previously self-employed and people returning to the workplace. For employed people level 6 Springboard Courses are 100% - funded and Level 7 - 9 Springboard courses are 90% - funded,” concludes Quinlan.

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme or Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

 

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