Q: How to get a job? A: Combine a Foreign Language with ICT Skills – University creates new HDip to do just that

8 September 2020
By Mary Bermingham

University College Cork has announced a new 1-year Higher Diploma in Languages and Global Software Business to help address an emerging skills shortage in the ICT sector. The new course is heavily subsidised by the Government to support language graduates who are looking to upskill, or who are currently unemployed or returning to work.

The Higher Diploma course is designed to strengthen existing language skills of graduates to help develop competencies in ICT, software sales and technical support. The course is designed to provide critical knowledge and skills to language graduates who want to work in Ireland’s fast-paced software and technology sector.

The course is funded through the Government of Ireland Human Capital Initiative. Subsidies of between 90% and 100% are available, which opens up a new world of opportunity for language graduates. The course will be free of charge for those who are seeking work or looking to return to work.

Reflecting the current restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the diploma will be offered in a blended format that combines online teaching with face-to-face workshops and classes. Students will be training in areas that are essential to the fundamentals of IT and software.

Programme Director Jeremy Hayes says,

“This programme is designed for high-achieving language graduates who wish to work in global software and technology sales and support. This sector is rapidly expanding and is actively recruiting Irish graduates with language skills to expand their European and Middle East operations out of Ireland. The year-long course allows graduates to combine their existing skills with a new set that focuses on sales and support. Through the Government subsidy, we expect there to be a high demand for registration, so we are encouraging interested students to apply as soon as possible.”

The Higher Diploma is a joint initiative involving the Colleges of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, and Business and Law. The lectures will also have input from industry leaders on the requirements seen as key to employers.

Wayne Murphy, Director of Sales and Business Development from Cloudera is one of those who will be contributing to the course. He says

“The combination of a technological qualification and multilingual ability is a proven career accelerator in the rapidly growing Cork tech industry. Companies like Cloudera are constantly recruiting these candidates for our Global Center of Excellence in Cork. There is no doubt that this skillset will continue to be a pillar of growth for the Irish economy and Cork tech hub”.

The Human Capital Initiative aims to future proof graduates and ensure that there is a greater focus across the whole spectrum of higher education course provision on promoting and embedding skills that crossover disciplines.

Full information on the course is available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/taughtcourses/hci/hci2/

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