IT Sligo offering 20 Springboard+ funded courses to help people upskill while working or get back to work

  • Courses designed for unemployed and those wishing to upskill in the workplace
  • Programmes designed to meet current skills shortages
  • All courses delivered online and completed within one year
  • Programmes to commence September 2021

IT Sligo is offering 20 courses across its three Faculties, in the areas of Science, Technology and Engineering, Business and Social Sciences funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) under the Springboard+ 21 programme.

The courses are free for unemployed participants and for all participants on level 6 programmes, with 90% funding for those in employment on programmes from level 7 to level 9. These are delivered part time online and are completed within one year.

The 2021 Springboard allocations were launched yesterday (Monday, June 14) by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris and will open for applications on the Springboard website tomorrow the 16th of June.

Springboard courses are tailored to meet key growth areas such as Biopharmaceutical Science, Information Technology, Lean Sigma and Quality.

IT Sligo has received funding for Springboard courses from Springboard every year since 2011, and its courses are designed for those actively seeking employment or those already in employment who are wishing to upskill.

IT Sligo is a national leader in developing and delivering online education. Its online learning programmes are designed for students who want to study part time at a pace that matches their work/life balance. Course delivery is flexible and includes web-cast classes, which are also recorded so that students who are unable to take part in the live sessions can access them at any time.

All content is delivered online with either limited or no attendance requirement. The Springboard-funded courses at IT Sligo are accredited programmes and confer Certificates on graduation from levels 6 through to Post Graduate level 9.

This year’s courses are:

Level 7 Certificate in Biopharma Processing
Level 7 Certificate in Bioprocess Engineering
Level 8 Certificate in Biopharma Science 
Level 8 Certificate in Bioprocessing Technologies
Level 8 Certificate in Medical Technologies Regulatory Affairs & Quality
Level 9 Masters in Biopharma Processing
Level 6 Certificate in Practices in Health Informatics
Level 9 Certificate in Health Project Management
Level 8 Higher Diploma in Computing (2 years)
Level 8 Certificate in Computer Networks & Cloud Infrastructure
Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
Level 6 Certificate in Introduction to Water & Wastewater Operations
Level 9 Certificate in BIM and Lean Construction Management
Level 9 Certificate in Geotechnical Structural Engineering
Level 9 Certificate in Mechanical & Electrical Quantity Surveying
Level 6 Certificate in Validation Technologies
Level 7 Certificate in Lean Sigma Quality (Six Sigma Green Belt)
Level 7 Certificate in Mechatronics
Level 6 Certificate in Social Media Marketing – Jan 2022 start
Level 6 Certificate in Digital Marketing – Jan 2022 start

In addition to the 20 approved programmes, IT Sligo co-delivers 4 additional approved programmes, with our partners NIBRT as the Service Provides on Springboard+

Level 6 Certificate in Biopharma Processing 
Level 9 Certificate in Biopharma Science
Level 9 Certificate in Biopharma Processing
Level 9 Certificate in Commissioning, Qualification and Validation (CQV)

To find out more about the courses, visit

Applications open  16th of June on the Springboard+21 website

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