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DateThursday, January 29, 2015

Digital Skills Academy TechElevate

TechElevate Programme Extends to Limerick, Cork and Dublin to Help Jobseekers Gain Work in their Local Areas



Digital Skills Academy TechElevate.jpgThe Digital Skills Academy has launched its digital technology programme ‘TechElevate' for eligible jobseekers in Cork, Dublin and Limerick. With Digital Skills Academy certification  the programme has been specifically designed to help eligible jobseekers gain ICT industry-recognised certification, combining Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications which are designed to validate core technical knowledge and enhance technical credibility.



The 32 week full-time training programme is accredited by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). It is now in its second run, with the first resulting in a 65% success rate in returning participants to the workplace within four months of completing the programme. Making use of the latest in learning technologies, participants study Digital Industry, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Project Management and Self-Employment Business Skills, and can specialise in Web Development and Coding; IT Cloud Operations; Technology Project Management, and IT and Cloud Sales. Aside from the MTA certification, successful graduates achieve a DIT Level 6 Higher Education Award.



This is followed by a 12 week work placement with local ICT companies where participants gain valuable practical experience as they apply their new skills in trainee roles such as as a web developer, cloud systems and network administrator, IT Technical Sales Executive and IT Project Manager.



Paul Dunne, CEO Digital Skills Academy claims the programme gives local jobseekers an opportunity to upgrade their skills and experience with the potential for successfully securing jobs with their business partners.


He said; "As we continue to develop upskilling programmes in digital technology with our partners to help graduates and job seekers meet the increasing certification requirements within the ICT sector. Our work placements in industry help ensure that our graduates are industry-ready and by bringing this programme to Cork, Limerick and Dublin, ensures the ICT opportunities within these regions can be met locally."



Andrew Flood, Director of Prodigy Learning, the company responsible for managing the MTA certification programme in Ireland, said: "Microsoft's IT Certifications remain one of the methods by which IT professionals and developers stand out from their peers and are recognised by employers all over the world. This adds to ensuring TechElevate graduates will be in demand with industry at home and abroad."



Kevin Marshall, Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland commented: "It is essential that graduates all over Ireland have access to ways of upskilling to meet the demands of this growing industry sector. We are delighted to be working with Digital Skills Academy, Prodigy Learning and DIT to bring Microsoft Certification to graduates in Cork, Limerick and Dublin."



Digital Skills Academy is currently recruiting graduates for the TechElevate programme which starts in Limerick, Cork and Dublin on 23rd February 2015. Application closing date is Friday 6th February 2015.


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