The national ICT Skills Action Plan estimates that higher education currently only meets 60% of domestic demand for professional IT skills in Ireland.
Maintaining Ireland’s competitive edge on a global scale, its attractiveness to foreign businesses and improving the future of education and technology across the country is essential.
“Ireland is part of a global race for talent and we are increasingly competing for inward investment and export opportunities on the basis of the quality of our workforce.” – ICT Skills Action Plan 2014-2018.
Recognising the nation-wide issue, the Irish Computer Society and Digital Skills Academy have made it their mission to ensure Ireland’s workforce is digitally-enabled and ready to take on the new challenges triggered by digitisation and digital disruption.
“Our goal is to close the digital skills gap in Ireland and foster the interests of ICT professionals across the country by providing training, resources and guidance for professional development. As such, we see clear synergies with Digital Skills Academy’s philosophy and portfolio of programmes and that’s why we think they are an important addition to our select group of CPD Providers”, says Jim Friars, CEO of the Irish Computer Society.
Designed for working professionals looking to rapidly develop transformational skills in digital technology, digital business, design and innovation, Digital Skills Academy provides part-time, wholly online training. The Academy’s portfolio ranges from Online Short Courses of just four weeks duration to one-year BSc Honours degrees accredited by Dublin Institute of Technology.
Digital Skills Academy’s programmes and courses are taught by industry expert lecturers and based on a proven learning-by-doing methodology. This approach delivers industry-optimised learning in a variety of digital-related disciplines, including User Experience (UX) & Design, Data Science, Mobile Application Development, Digital Business Management, Digital Marketing, Innovation Skills and Agile Project Development.
Depending on the programme or course chosen, participants can also work on industry-assigned projects, collaborate in cross-functional virtual teams and benefit from the support of coaching and mentoring sessions. Participants on the degree programmes also choose a specific stream, enabling them to specialise in one of five fields including Digital Business, Digital Marketing, Application Development, Data Science, and Digital Design.
“Digital capability is increasingly the chief catalyst and enabler of business growth. It is critical to optimising the digital customer experience; driving innovation through design-thinking and new digital business models; and delivering efficiency improvements throughout organisations”, says Paul Dunne CEO and Founder of Digital Skills Academy. “Digital Skills Academy provides participants with these transformational digital skills, thereby gaining a competitive advantage to future-proof their careers in our digital economy.”