Re-train on a Free, Online Computing Course


Applications invited from across the country for Government-funded, online programme in computing


With an estimated 4,500 vacancies in the ICT sector in Ireland right now, career prospects in the area of computing are bright.  In order to help fill these vacancies, the Government is funding conversion programmes that will re-train graduates from other disciplines and qualify them for a career in computing.

 An online Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Level 8) is starting at IT Sligo this September and Head of Department of Computing and Creative Practices at IT Sligo, Keith McManus said practical experience will be a core part of the programme; “This conversion programme will be delivered online so we’re inviting applications from people all over the country,” he said. “Work placement will be an important part of the course and this will give students the confidence they need to start their new career.”


Chief Executive of the Irish Computing Society, Jim Friars, last month encouraged young people to pursue a career in computing, citing the availability of career opportunities and high profile multinationals and indigenous computing companies in Ireland as a major bonus for qualified candidates; “Demand is very high for graduates and professionals with IT and digital skills ready to work cutting-edge technology and innovation.

“Ireland is in a unique position with so many top technology and software companies based here, both international and grass roots Irish organisations that offer distinct perspectives on international markets,” he said.

The one-year, online conversion programme at IT Sligo will prepare graduates for a career in the areas of object oriented software development, database design and development, systems analysis, web application and user interface design, networking and virtualisation.


To be eligible for the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing at IT Sligo, applicants should have completed a Level 8 qualification in an area other than computing. The programme is funded under the HEA’s ICT Skills Programme and fees are waived for successful applicants. 


Application must be made through the ICT Skills website, before August 30th 2013.

For further information on this programme click here or contact IT Sligo’s School of Engineering & Design at  071 91 55222 or