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ICT Skills Action Plan 2014-2018


Higher Education - Policy and Skills Section

Subject Keywords: Further Education,Higher Education, Technology, Communication
Catalogue: Policy
Policies, Strategies & Action plans
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

In January 2012, in a direct response to specific skills shortages for people with high-level ICT skills, the Department of Education and Skills published a joint Government–industry ICT Action Plan aimed at building the supply of high-level ICT graduates. One of the key measures in the Plan was the roll-out, from March 2012, of more than 800 places on intensive NFQ level 8 higher diploma ICT skills conversion programmes by higher education providers in partnership with industry.

In recognition of the ICT and software development skills shortages that continue to exist, a second phase of the ICT Skills Programme was rolled-out in late 2012, with the Higher Education Authority requesting proposals from higher education providers for a further round of specialist programmes aimed at addressing identified ICT and software development skills gaps. From spring 2013, a number of higher education providers are again offering a number of Level 8 Conversion Programmes, in collaboration with industry partners, which will provide graduates from other skills areas with the opportunity to up-skill or re-skill through a 1 year full-time HDip Conversion Programme in core computing/programming, software and data analysis.






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Higher Education - Policy and Skills Section. (2012) ICT Skills Action Plan 2014-2018 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 18th November 2019].


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