WebElevate to reskill 140 job seekers

20 Feb 2012

The Digital Skills Academy has announced a second WebElevate programme through the Higher Education Authority’s Springboard initiative, aiming to reskill 140 job seekers for the tech sector.

WebElevate is an honours-degree level programme at the Digital Hub, with Dublin Institute of Technology as its awarding body. It aims to plug the digital skills gap while helping job seekers find work by training them in in-demand skills. It is free as part of the HEA’s Springboard initiative.

Students can reskill in areas such as digital media application development, web and interface graphic design, digital media production management, online marketing and sales, digital media copy writing and web video production.

The scheme will partner with 20 Irish and multinational companies – such as BT Ireland, Digiweb, Filmbase, Oracle Ireland, Pigsback.com and Telefonica Ireland – to develop a range of products, such as mobile and web applications. The companies will offer direct employment opportunities for many of the programme participants.

“We are delighted to be in a position to offer a second WebElevate programme, almost doubling the places on offer for participants,” said Paul Dunne, CEO of Digital Skills Academy.

“It also means we can increase our intake of industry partners and thus increase the number of employment opportunities for our participants.

“WebElevate has attracted high-calibre companies, with interesting and innovative projects being developed through the programme. It’s a huge opportunity for the participants to be involved in the development process of so many cutting-edge projects,” he said.

The next WebElevate programme will begin in April 2012 with 140 places on offer. Those interested can apply on WebElevate’s website by 19 March.

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