WebElevate addresses skills shortage with addition to programme
Gea Gambone, WebElevate participant, Paul Dunne, the DSA's CEO, and Alan Milett, MD of Digiweb (WebElevate Industry Partner) celebrate the launch of the programme

WebElevate addresses skills shortage with addition to programme

21 May 2012

With more than 2,500 jobs unfilled in the ICT and gaming sectors, the Digital Skills Academy’s latest programme addresses the skills shortage with a dedicated digital games stream.

WebElevate, an honours degree-level programme, is seeking applicants for its third round, starting in October this year. Part of the Springboard initiative from the Department of Education and HEA, the course is free to unemployed persons currently claiming Social Welfare payments.

The latest iteration of the course will include a new stream focused on developing talent for the digital games industry in an effort to address the high number of jobs unfilled in this and other tech industries in Ireland. Mobile application development, web commerce, digital marketing, web video production and online publishing will also form part of the coursework for 200 job seekers.

“Today’s announcement is a significant boost for the technology and digital games sectors, and for the 200 job seekers whose talents will be developed through our WebElevate programme,” said Paul Dunne, CEO of the Digital Skills Academy. “Our programmes are designed to be industry-linked and demand-led. 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 to make them employable in the digital sectors, where there will be continued jobs growth.”

For more information or to apply, visit the website.

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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