New IT courses on offer from the NCI

Stephen O'Brien 02.08.2011

I was pleased to read an article on Silicon Republic announcing that the National College of Ireland (NCI) now offering job seekers the opportunity to take up a free part-time programme in cloud computing, web development or web technologies under the Government’s new springboard initiative.

The initiative was launched in May this year, by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn. The aim of the initiative is to provide 6,000 new places on higher education programmes to help unemployed professionals keep their skills up-to-date, as well as to promote and harness new technologies in Ireland.

Many web developers and designers not in full time employment can continue to earn through freelancing but there are some who do not like the unreliable nature of this type of employment; these professionals in particular could benefit hugely from this programme.

If there was ever a time to consider web development and cloud computing as a possible career choice, it is now. The IT jobs market in Ireland is ripe with vacancies; cloud computing in particular is a growing phenomenon that is creating new IT job opportunities. Just last week, European IT service provider BSB announced the creation of 120 jobs to support the growth of its business across Europe, with the assistance of IDA Ireland. Morgan McKinley continues to work exclusively as BSB’s recruitment partner to provide IT professionals at all levels including: Java specialists, technical writers, business analysts and senior business analysts.

BSB is not the only company with a growing appetite for IT developers. Across Ireland, many companies within the financial services and professional services sectors are seeking top tier IT professionals. For example, Dublin-based D&B is currently recruiting for 19 IT positions.

These days, finding a company with an IT vacancy isn’t the problem; the challenge is finding jobseekers with key skills. This is why professional development courses such as those on offer by the NCI are great.

Professionals with strong back and front-end development experience in Java and PHP are currently highly sought after. If you would like to contact me directly to talk about any of these opportunities, please get in contact.

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