Secondary school students encouraged to sign up for free IT summer courses
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Secondary school students encouraged to sign up for free IT summer courses

27 May 20132 Shares

Seven IT-focused summer courses have been devised by the College of Computer Training (CCT) in Dublin to give secondary school students a taste of further education in this area and the job opportunities that can lead to.

Classes in programming, networking, web design, gaming and operating systems will take place at CCT on Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2, from 15 July to 31 August. The courses are completely free of charge and each programme will last between two and three weeks with four half-days of tuition per week.

About 300 places will be available and participants will receive MTA component certificate awards on completion. Interested students can enrol online.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to gain some foundation knowledge and skills within ICT which will provide a substantial platform for higher-level ICT or related programmes and careers,” said Neil Gallagher, CCT college director.

The courses will focus on real-world, practical uses of technology and are best suited to intermediate-level students.

The summer classes are supported by Microsoft and Fastrack to IT (FIT), which last week released its ICT Skills Audit, pinpointing immediate vacancies in the tech sector and the skills needed to fill them.

“It would be an added bonus if many of the 300 participants went on to enjoyable careers in the IT industry, where job opportunities are, and look set to continue to be very plentiful,” said Dr Kevin Marshall, head of education at Microsoft Ireland. “The IT sector is a fascinating industry to work in, and these practical courses are designed to reflect that and provide students with an overview of what a job in the industry could involve.”

Earlier this year, FIT teamed up with Microsoft on a Youth2Work training and development programme targeting those aged 18 to 25.

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Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com. She joined in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs news. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly persnickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen. When she hasn’t got her nose stuck in her laptop, you’ll find her in the kitchen, at the cinema, or on the dancefloor.

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