The writing on the wall: WebElevate aims to upskill 200 more job seekers (video)
Elaine Kinahan and Ronan Hurley, participants in the first WebElevate programme. Image by Conor McCabe Photography

The writing on the wall: WebElevate aims to upskill 200 more job seekers (video)

1 Aug 2012

WebElevate, an honours degree programme offered by Dublin’s Digital Skills Academy and certified by Dublin Institute of Technology, is seeking eligible participants to fill 200 places for the third round of the course.

More than 4,500 jobs have been announced in Ireland’s technology sector since the beginning of this year and, to address a skills shortage in game development, a dedicated digital games stream has been added to the course.

Participants will also receive training in mobile application development, web commerce, digital marketing, web video production and online publishing.

“Our focus is on moving people from sectors that have been worst hit by the recession; building on their existing skills and layering on new knowledge and skills for employment in the digital sectors, where there will be continued jobs growth,” said Paul Dunne, CEO of the Digital Skills Academy. “Already a third of our current WebElevate participants who will graduate this October have secured employment.”

As part of the Springboard initiative from the Department of Education and HEA, WebElevate is free to unemployed persons currently claiming Social Welfare payments, and so far a total of 320 participants have signed up for two rounds of the course. The third WebElevate officially launched today, and applications are open until 19 August.

 

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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