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Thursday 18 September 2014

GAA and IT Sligo team up to slow down emigration

Paul Deering

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

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THE GAA has teamed up with Sligo IT to try to stop young people emigrating.

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The two bodies are linking up with a number of companies to help fast-track young players into careers in Ireland.

The college's Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is aimed at retraining graduates in a non-computer related discipline.

This will give them the skills they need to pursue a career in an IT-related field.

It's a free course for all successful applicants under the Government-funded Springboard initiative, and is open to any student who holds a primary degree.

IT Sligo sought to develop the partnership with the GAA community, in particular, as it has lost many of its younger players to emigration.

The initiative has the backing of seven GAA county boards in the region including Cavan, Donegal, Mayo, Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon and Sligo.

Programme coordinator Diane O'Brien said: "Between now and 2018, the projected shortfall of computer graduates in Ireland is 45,000. IT Sligo is providing this programme to offer young graduates a clear pathway towards a sustainable career."

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is a full-time course and the lectures are delivered online. A key component of the course will be a work placement with prominent regional businesses of three months' duration.

The closing date for applications is August 29th.

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