Saturday 16 December 2017

Tide of new courses come on stream in the Shannon region

The Shannon Consortium's strong track record in responding to calls for new educational initiatives to address the re-skilling and up-skilling needs of those currently unemployed and to facilitate their return to employment fits perfectly with this new Springboard initiative.

The flexible approach towards the needs of the learner coupled with our strong links to industry have ensured that our collaborative regional submissions have been the most successful initiatives to date across the country.

Springboard 2011 - Summary of Proposal

A total of 22 part-time programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels all validated on the NFQ (levels 6 -- 9) are available from the Shannon Consortium institutions and its collaborating partners.

The programmes offer in excess of 400 part-time places for job-seekers throughout the region and they will be delivered in a flexible manner so as to facilitate maximum engagement with our key target cohorts.

All of the programmes proposed are coherent with the skills identified by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and/or they are closely aligned to the specific needs of the Shannon region.

Because of the modular and flexible nature of many of our programmes offered, they can be adapted to accommodate students who might not otherwise be able to follow the standard mode of study.

The consortium also has a history of developing flexible entry and exit routes that are more cognisant of prior learning and employment experiences than the traditional full-time programmes currently on offer, with emphasis placed equally on courses that will enable up-skilling, employment and progression.

Our existing collaborative approach and sharing of services in key supporting infrastructure will ensure success and achieve value for money in terms of programme delivery along a clear set of flexible progression pathways for those engaging with higher education for the first time and those returning following a break in their educational pathway.

This integrated, collaborative model clearly facilitates a regionally oriented, co-ordinated, multi-stakeholder response to current calls from Government for educational offerings aimed at affording access to higher education and facilitating up-skilling and re-skilling programmes for the increasing numbers of unemployed and is a perfect fit for this new Springboard 2011 initiative.

Further details are available from the individual members of the consortium.

University of Limerick

Institute of Technology Tralee

Limerick Institute of Technology

Tipperary Institute

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