What are ICT skills?
What is ICT?
ICT stands for 'Information Communication Technology'. Everyday usage of digital technology includes when you use a computer, tablet or mobile phone, send email, browse the internet, make a video call - these are all examples of using basic ICT skills and technology to communicate.
Studying ICT (Computing Science) at third level means you will develop more advanced skills and knowledge. You will deepen your knowledge of technology and how it works. You will learn practical skills like coding/programming and gain a theoretical understanding of topics like computer science and web development.
College graduates with ICT skills are in demand by employers in many sectors. It is widely acknowledged that there are skill shortages in the ICT area by employers, industry experts and Government officials alike.
The Springboard+ initiative was created to help individuals gain qualifications and up-skill in sectors where skills shortages have been identified. There are one-year full-time ICT Skills Conversion courses available which are courses for graduates with honours degrees in related disciplines*. Two-year part-time courses are also available.
They can undertake these courses, specialise in the area of ICT and gain employment. ICT courses usually include work experience so students can develop their practical skills and make valuable industry connections.
* Employed persons will have to pay 10 % of the course fee.