QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing

hairdressing courses mayoCourse Duration
This is a one year, full time course running from September to May.

Course Location
The course is run in St Louis Community School in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo

Award
Successful completion of this course will result in a FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing, 5M3351.
Successful Students may progress to the Professional Hairdressing course which would result in a City & Guilds Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing.

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied
Exemptions granted to mature applicants
Entry may be subject to interview.

Course Content
– Communications – Students will learn a wide variety of communication skills.
– Work Experience – Students are required to secure work experience one day per week in a salon and in the work experience class students will be introduced to key themes within the world of work.
– Hairdressing Theory & Practice – This module will introduce students to hairdressing as a career, enabling students to become proficient in basic hairdressing skills and to equip them with the underpinning theoretical knowledge. The basic hairdressing skills will include shampoo and conditioning hair, dressing hair, plaiting & twisting hair and an introduction to colouring and perming of hair.
– Hairdressing Science – This subject will equip students with an understanding of the scientific principles underlying hairdressing.
– Customer Service – This key subject is especially relevant to working in a salon.
Safety & Health at Work – This will provide the learner with the skills and knowledge to promote and maintain safety and health in the working environment.
– Reception & Front Line Office Skills – this will provide the opportunity to develop the essential reception and front line office skills needed in any modern working environment.

Progression
Students have the opportunity to progress to our Level 6 City & Guilds Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing.

Access to Higher Education
A scoring system for QQI/FETAC awards applies for entry through CAO to higher education. The maximum point score possible is 400 if 8 distinctions are achieved. Further information is available on the QQI website www.qqi.ie

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Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses are full-time programmes available to students who have completed their Leaving Certificate as well as adults returning to full-time education. PLCs are typically run in vocational schools or in voluntary community, comprehensive and secondary schools. Aimed mainly at students who wish to develop technical or vocational skills in order to enter employment or continue to higher education, PLCs typically lead to QQI awards at NFQ level 5 and NFQ level 6.

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German Level 1

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Absolute beginners. This course is for students who have no previous knowledge of the German language. All of the main language skills of Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Use of language (Grammar) are developed in class. The course is held in Westmoreland Street, Dublin city and also in Milltown Park, Dublin 6(next course 10th February in Milltown park). Graduates of this course can proceed onto higher levels.

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HEA Report on Higher Education Institutes

hea report, college ratingsThe Higher Education Authority (HEA) has put together a comprehensive set of profiles of each of Ireland’s colleges, universities and institutes which includes information such as enrolments, participation levels, staff profiles, disciplinary mix and funding. It is hoped that the report, which is to be updated annually, will benefit students, parents and guidance counsellors by serving as a reference guide to the performance of higher education in Ireland.

The report will allow the HEA to monitor trends in higher education in terms of areas of study, student numbers and participation as well as the financial and human resource base. Tom Boland, HEA Chief Executive, said the report shows the HEA’s determination to work with the government in its attempt to reform and enhance Ireland’s international reputation in higher level education and its commitment to making Ireland one of the best countries in the world to study.

The report shows the ideal position of the college, in areas such as student to staff ratios, mature students and international enrolment, and where the college currently is in terms of those figures and there are some interesting findings as a result.

In terms of the universities. The results show that UCD has a low amount of mature entrants and UCC has a low number of flexible learning opportunities. TCD has a high number of research students but a low number of mature entrants. NUI has a high number of mature students and provides good flexible learning opportunities and DCU also has a high number of flexible learners. University of Limerick has low numbers in terms of mature and flexible learners also.

The colleges results show that Mary Immaculate College in Limerick provides no opportunities for flexible learners and has no international students. International enrolment figures were the same for St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra and were slightly better in terms of providing for flexible learning. St Angela’s College of Education in Sligo has good numbers of flexible learners.

Regarding institutes of technology; Athlone Institute of Technology has good numbers in terms of international enrolment but could do more for flexible learning and mature entrants. Cork Institute of Technology has a good student to staff ratio but falls short again in mature students and flexible learning. DIT has a low number of level 6/7 enrolments but shows a high amount of PHD graduates among staff members. Dundalk Institute of Technology has very low numbers of flexible learners but a high number of international students. GMIT has high numbers of level 6/7 enrolment but low numbers of flexible learners.

This is only a small selection of the many colleges, universities and institutes of technology and the full list and report can be found at www.hea.ie. The HEA say that the purpose of this report is not to rank the various institutions but to highlight the areas that need attention following the drop in quality in higher education due to the economic downturn. At a glance, it certainly does appear that work needs to be done to better provide for flexible and mature learning as this is a common area where figures are lower than they should be.

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The Changing Face of Further Education

further education and plc coursesFurther education includes training and education that takes place after second level but not as part of the third level system. A wide variety of further education providers, such as schools, institutions and organisations, are involved in delivering education to school leavers and adults all around the country.

Up until 6 November 2012, FETAC was responsible for quality assurance of further education. From that date on, QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) was established as a replacement and since then it has been working to improve the development of qualifications and quality assurance, monitor the awarding and validation of qualifications and supervise the educational providers.

In 2013, QQI began a Comprehensive Policy Development Programme and published the first Strategy Statement of Qualifications and Quality Ireland on November 27th. This strategy statement covers a three year period, from January 2014 to December 2016, and sets out the goals and missions the QQI have for further education and how they plan to achieve them. Over these three years the QQI hope to improve the quality of further education in Ireland and provide more opportunities and flexibility for learners.

The QQI have 6 main goals for the future of further education:
1. To establish a set of policies with the National Framework of Qualifications
2. To place the learner at the centre of the policies
3. To assure the quality of educational providers by clearly setting out standards that will enhance the quality of learning
4. To create educational opportunities that meet employment and cultural needs
5. To provide clear information to the public on qualifications and role of the QQI
6. To ensure that QQI staff are equipped with the necessary skills to create and manage change and to regularly monitor and review the strategy and the QQI’s performance.

These plans for improvement in further education by the QQI are crucial now as Ireland seeks to increase employment and rebuild the economy. Increased variety in trainings and qualifications established to suit the current labour market mean that many will be encouraged to enrol in further education with the knowledge that their qualification will be of a high standard and valuable to them when seeking employment. For more information on the QQI and the strategy statement visit: www.qqi.ie

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UCAS Options

ucas uk 2014Students applying to study in the UK through UCAS should be aware that the closing date for the majority of applications is January 15th at 6pm. Some art and design courses have a closing date of March 24th, as do some part-time courses where the student applies directly to the provider. Oxford, Cambridge or professional courses in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine/science have a later closing date of October 15th. To be sure of the correct deadline, students should check the individual course details.

UCAS recommend applying early and say that students who submit an application by 6pm on January 15th are guaranteed consideration by universities and colleges in the UK. There are some universities and colleges that allow extended deadlines for international applications but students are asked to check with them directly.

There are different application forms and deadlines according to each course so students should fill out the relevant application form online. Students are able to track their application and universities and colleges can make an offer either unconditionally; where the offer is made because the student has met the entry requirements or conditionally; where the offer is based on the student’s exam results.

Once the offers have been made, the student must reply to their offers by a specific deadline. If a student’s firm acceptance is unconditional then they have the place. If it’s conditional then the student has the place if they meet the entry requirements and the student can also choose an insurance acceptance as a back up. Students are asked to decline the offers they do not want.

Students must then wait to hear if the university or college confirms the place. If he/she does not meet the conditions of offer the university or college may not confirm the place, but if the student does meet the conditions they are guaranteed the place. If a student exceeds their offer conditions they may be able to look at alternative courses while their current place is still held for them. If a student does not get an offer or has declined all their offers then they can add more choices using the UCAS Extra service (which begins on February 25th) or once the clearing has started they can see which courses still have places available.

UCAS have specific advice for international applicants. Each student must enter in all the qualifications they have already and that they are currently doing. Students may have to give proof of their qualifications by sending in exam certificates or transcripts. International students have to write a personal statement about why they want to study the subject they are applying for and are asked to check the specific personal statement requirement for each type of study. Students need to mention why they want to study in the UK and be an international student and also to explain their English language skills.

Visit www.ucas.com for more information on applications and closing dates.

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Specialist Diploma in Lean Healthcare

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The University of Limerick in collaboration with the Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare, The Adelaide, Meath and National Children’s Hospitals at Tallaght and the Bon Secours Hospital Group have come together to develop an innovative, distance education, part-time programme which will allow participants to put Lean thinking into practice in Irish healthcare. Apply before January 12th if interested.

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Evening Courses Cork

Whether it’s toning up in a Zumba class, studying to improve your chances of getting that promotion you’ve been after or learning a completely new language, there are lots of part time and evening courses available in Cork city and county.

Below is a sample of what’s on offer:

Cork College of Commerce provides a generous selection of evening courses ranging from QQI level 5/6 courses in subjects such as Event Management and Digital Marketing. It also offers courses in Leaving Certificate subjects such as Irish and English and a range of other business related courses. Visit www.corkcollegeofcommerce.ie

Ballincollig Community School commence their classes in January and September each year. They offer courses in the following areas; arts and crafts, community and education, computers, cookery, hobbies and skills, languages, social and development and sports and exercise. Visit www.bcsadulted.ie

The Irish Film Academy holds a 6 month Acting for the Camera evening course. Entry is by interview only. More details can be found at www.irishfilmacademy.com

West Cork College begins its new term of classes in January and again in September. The college offers evening courses in literature based activities including photography, Irish cinema and Philosophy. Visit www.westcorkcollege.ie for more information.

With the wealth of options that are out there, there’s no excuse for anyone not to sign up for a course, what better way to spend the long nights than learning something new in an enjoyable atmosphere with like minded people.

Find more courses in Cork at https://www.findacourse.ie/courses/cork/

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Less Lecturers, More Students in Institutes of Technology

it lecturers and studentsRecent figures released by the Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) show that there has been a significant reduction in the number of lecturers in ITs while the number of students has increased. The union has expressed concern that the cutbacks are affecting the quality of student’s learning and is calling for investment in the sector to ensure that student’s needs are met.

Between 2008 and 2012 funding for ITs dropped by 22%. The number of students rose by over 17% during the same period and the number of lecturers fell by 8% due to the cutbacks. The General Secretary of the TUI, John McGabhann has expressed his concern over the cutbacks, saying that teaching and facilities such as laboratories are being put under pressure.

McGabhann stated that IT lecturers teach 18-20 hours per week, higher than the international average of 10-12, and that the addition of administrative responsibilities means there is less time for research, scholarships and other academic duties.  He also reinforced the important role of ITs as generators of business and how appropriate funding would help them to better meet the needs of the economy.

McGabhann said that it was “perverse and damaging” to be putting such a strain on teaching facilities in the current economic climate. With a record number of students applying for third level places through the CAO this year, there is no sign of student numbers decreasing and without financial support, ITs around the country will continue to struggle.

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University of Limerick Plans City Development

ul limerick, city developmentThe President of the University of Limerick, Professor Don Barry, has just announced plans for the development of a city centre campus that will allow 500 students to be based full-time in the heart of Limerick city. The existing university campus is based 5k from Limerick city but with the addition of the extra campus, Professor Barry hopes to encourage greater interaction between UL students and the city.

The plans have been positively received by Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, who said it would create more life in the city and that it would be an important part of the Limerick 2030 plans to transform the city. No site for the new campus has been identified yet but Minister Noonan suggested that the empty Opera Centre site is a possibility.

Professor Barry said that the university is currently working closely with the local authority in Limerick to decide where the campus will fit in with relation to the other plans for Limerick 2030 and stressed that improvement of transport between the city and the existing campus will be an issue of high priority.

The plan for the university is set to include a residential facility in the city centre for 400 hundred students with a potential increase to 1000 units in partnership with Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College which will be subject to funding. The university has a budget of €224 million to spend between now and 2018 and one third of this will be spent on the new city centre campus as well as Limerick University Hospital.

Professor Barry said that no decision has been made regarding which schools or faculties will be moving to the new campus even though there has been much interest. According to the president, any faculties interested will have to show what they can bring to the new location to be considered for the move.

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BioLogic honoured as Green World Ambassador 2014

biologicBioLogic, a Carlow-based company, has been honoured as an International Green World Ambassador at a prestigious ceremony on 11th November at the House of Commons in London.

This recognition comes as a result of its success in winning a Green Apple Award earlier this year for their “Optimised, Sustainable Engineering Solution” which upgraded a F-rated 1970s bungalow to A1 energy efficiency standard using improved insulation and underfloor heating powered by solar and photovoltaic systems. In fact, the dwelling is now energy neutral over the course of a year with no net electricity or heating bills.

The Green Apple Environment Award, which will be 20 years old next year, is a campaign to find Ireland and the UK’s greenest companies, councils and communities, and the Green World Ambassador status is reserved for winners who also help others to improve the environment. The award-winning project paper has been published and promoted worldwide in “The Green Book”, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their experience.

The award judges commented, “The aim of their project was to convert a pre-2000 built home with solar energy upgrades, both solar thermal and photovoltaic, to ensure that energy performance was at a maximum whilst the costs were at a minimum. They did this with a number of innovative solutions to achieve an A1 building energy rating and in the process achieved energy self-sufficiency and commissioned the first house in Ireland to run on solar-prioritised space and water heating systems.

Furthermore, we developed a more accurate method for predicting and reporting the energy harvest from solar energy systems that is now available to benefit other businesses and home-owners”, said BioLogic’s Managing Director Dr. Douglas McMillan.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

About BioLogic

BioLogic is the first and only carbon-balanced consultancy and training provider in Ireland. BioLogic offers a wide range of auditing, consultancy and training services in environment, health & safety, energy, laboratory, quality management, social responsibility and sustainability requirements as well as the design of energy efficient and passive buildings and optimised solar energy systems.

View courses on offer from BioLogic at https://www.findacourse.ie/biologic-cg534.html

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Garda Recruitment 2014

garda courseRecruitment to An Garda Siochana

Applications are now being accepted for the postion of Garda trainee. The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on the 9th January 2014.

People between 18 and 35 years with a Leaving Certificate can apply for trainee positions before the closing date. While the height requirement has been abolished, candidates must pass a physical competency test.

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Application

Those interested in applying for garda traineeship can do so at Publicjobs.ie – http://www.publicjobs.ie/publicjobs/campaignAdvert/9112.htm

Candidates will first be required to undergo an online aptitude test. If they pass they will take a further aptitude test in an exam-style setting followed by the traditional process of interviews and assessments.

It is expected the period for candidates to apply will be limited to a few weeks so the process of narrowing down applications can begin immediately.

Kilroys Distance Learning Garda Recruitment Course

Kilroys College are currently offering a distance learning course which will help prepare candiates for the assessment stages of the application procedure. The course is currently on offer at half the usual price and details of the course are outlined below.

• Flexible self-tuition home study course
• Approach the test confident of doing well
• Gain ample examination practice
• 300 plus sample questions with model answers
• Enrol today – course delivered tomorrow

With the Kilroy’s College Garda Recruitment course 50% discount you will have the unique opportunity to achieve maximum results on the day of your test.

All you need to succeed in your Garda entry competition is included. Everything you’ll need to know is comprehensively covered in our very well-structured course. Over 300 sample questions with model answers and a complete mock test are included.

On receipt of your enrolment you will be immediately sent your home tuition pack by express mail, next working day.

You can securely Enrol Online and the 50% discount will be automatically deducted from the normal course fee.

Delivery Method: Correspondence
Duration: 20 to 25 hours
Price: €275 €138

(Half Price Offer Ends at midnight, 31st December 2013)

View course on Findacourse.ie at https://www.findacourse.ie/garda-trainee-competition-c941.html

View course on Kilroys College website at http://www.kilroyscollege.ie/course.php?courseid=31&ad=831

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IAESTE 2014 Traineeships

student exchange 2014IAESTE, The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, is an organisation that provides training abroad for students doing technical degrees such as Engineering, Architecture, applied arts or Science. The training is paid work, relevant to the course the student is studying and with over 80 countries involved in IAESTE, there are plenty of exciting opportunities available. The association was set up in London in 1948 and since then it has been involved in the exchange of more than 350,000 students around the world. IAESTE plays an important part in the development of young scientist and engineers and is the biggest organisation of its kind in the world.

Léargas, the National Agency in Ireland responsible for national and international exchange, manages IAESTE in Ireland alongside the Department of Education. Léargas works to help students get work experience abroad as well as working with Irish employers to find work placements for students who come to Ireland from abroad. Through Léargas and IAESTE, students get to learn a new language, immerse themselves in a new culture, experience living abroad and enhance their CV.

IAESTE is open to degree level science, engineering, technology and applied arts students in the second year of study and above. The majority of traineeships take place in the summer months, although longer periods are also available.

The selection process for a traineeship is on the basis of the application form and an interview. Interviews are held in February in various campus locations and, if necessary, by phone. The interviews aim to assess a candidates suitability for the programme and are conducted by IAESTE Ireland staff members. After the interviews IAESTE Ireland selects one applicant for each traineeship, this means that there is only one application going to each employer. 95% of the time the employer accepts the application and arrangements for the traineeship begin. The final decision rests with the employer and in a small amount of cases the traineeship can fall through due to organisational or financial problems.

Applications can be made online by going to www.leargas.ie and filling out the form. Additional documentation such as an up-to-date CV, official transcripts of your subjects and grades and a cover letter are emailed to a specific address. Application fees can be paid through PayPal. For more information on IAESTE visit www.iaeste.org

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This FETAC Child Psychology home study course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to understand child psychology from 4-18 years.The purpose of this award is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of child psychology relevant to childhood education and care settings. It will help you to develop new ideas and competencies which can be utilised judiciously in your workplace and in your interaction with the children and adolescents you work with.

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This course is a practical, enjoyable and confidence building introduction to the craft of acting and improvisation, held one evening a week for ten weeks. This is our most popular course and is led by experienced professionals who will establish a strong and supportive group dynamic from which key aspects of the craft of acting are explored. This course is useful for those who wish to expand their general communication skills. No previous acting experience is required – only a willingness to participate.

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MOOCs – An Effective Online Learning Method?

online coursesWhen Trinity College announced earlier this year that it was teaming up with other international colleges to provide MOOC courses, it seemed to consolidate the growing belief that this was the way forward in providing educational opportunities to everyone. However, there has been growing opinion that these Massive Open Online Courses are generally, not as effective as they had set out to be.

First set up around 2008 in the US, MOOCs have spread to institutions all around the world and have been hailed as the open door to education for the masses; giving people the opportunity to study in highly regarded colleges and universities without any entry requirements or fees. However, while there have been many praising this new educational system (the New York Times declared 2012 “the year of the MOOC”), not everyone has been in favour of these courses. The education sector have been very divided on the subject, with many predicting its failure. It seems now that those critics could be right.

One of the problems with MOOCs being free (although some courses now require a fee) is that it allows people to sign up for a course with no obligation to take part. In a recent article in the Atlanta, a student who had completed a MOOC said that two-thirds of those who had enrolled in the same course never turned up and as a result the marking system for the exam wasn’t fair.

Even though MOOCs have been cited as a way to allow everyone to learn regardless of educational experience or financial situation, according to research carried out by the University of Pennsylvania; the majority of people taking MOOCs already have a degree and so MOOCs are not tackling those people they set out to reach.

In a recent interview with Sebastian Thrun, the man who invented MOOCs, he admitted that he was not happy with they have developed and felt that they didn’t educate people how he had hoped they would. He branding MOOCs a “lousy product” and announcing his move away from them towards corporate training. So if the creator of MOOCs doesn’t believe in them, is there much hope?

It was once feared that MOOCs would ruin higher education and lead to the closure of struggling colleges and universities, however, after a short burst of success, it seems that MOOCs may already be on their way out.

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The Future Is In The Clouds With Cloud Computing

Cloud computingIf you are a leaving cert student, an IT graduate or somebody about to change career direction and you are heading in the direction of IT; well you might want to think about Cloud Computing. They say that cloud computing is key to the future of IT. Cloud Computing is an umbrella term for a number of different trends, all involving the internet and its’ potential to simplify the way we use computers and extend their capabilities. In everyday life, we witness cloud computing in action via global companies like Google and Facebook. Cloud computing is about putting more of your material out there and less on PCs or servers that a business runs for itself.

On one radio station recently; a cloud advocate told a very intrigued presenter that one Dublin hotel has embraced Cloud Computing. Asked, what benefit it will be to guests; she replied: ‘if you have watched a certain movie in one hotel, the next series or type of movie will be waiting for you in this hotel’. Impressed? Yes, he was.

New economic reports suggest that cloud computing in Ireland could create up to 20,000 jobs in the near future. It has transformative potential for the public and private sector and for small and large companies. Paul Rellis, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, compares Cloud Computing to the electricity grid. Where once people generated their own electricity with a generator in their back yard – now we switch on an off to the national grid, pay for what we use but we have become more productive because of the amount of electricity available to us. Cloud computing will offer the same transformation through a high level of service. ‘It will spawn industries, and revolutionise our lives both socially and economically,’ according to Paul Rellis.

This is one area that Ireland potentially could take a lead on. This is one of those ‘emerging industries’ and it is the one to watch. The plan is that Cloud Services will be made available from Ireland and there will be a demand for cloud developers. The managing director of Microsoft believes that to cope with the shortage of IT graduates – the government needs to look at secondary level, to promote IT as a fantastic career that hasn’t felt the recession. ‘We are still not producing enough computer graduates,’ he emphasised. With the building blocks already in place, it is now a matter of building awareness of it and to address the skills shortage. There is a certain speed and urgency needed if Ireland is going to take a share of the market.

A Goodbodys report outlined the scale of opportunities that cloud computing could give us in financial terms. They estimate the market could be worth up to 110 billion; enough to lift this little Island out of a recession? Possibly. Barry O’Leary, the chief executive of IDA, Ireland, recently made the point that Cloud Computing will allow small and large companies to internationalise their offerings at greater speed and this in turn will create employment growth even outside of the growth within the Cloud Computing sector itself.

The next question is, where can you begin your cloud computing career?

Dublin Business School run a BA (Hons) Marketing with Digital Media and Cloud Computing course. This is a specialised and innovative programme, which has been created to meet the needs of learners who seek to develop their knowledge and appreciation of concepts and frameworks of marketing with digital media at BA level. The programme is academically challenging and the course features a range of Marketing with Digital Media and Cloud Computing subjects in which learners will be exposed to the latest cutting edge ideas, techniques and marketing frameworks through the analysis of industry best practice. The BA (Hons) Marketing with Digital Media and Cloud Computing is aimed towards students interested in building a career in Marketing with Digital Media and Cloud Computing within a technological skill base. Industry research indicates that there is an increasing demand from companies in this area and this degree provides these capabilities. The programme will develop in learners both knowledge and practical experience of Marketing with Digital Media and Cloud Computing concepts. This programme, therefore, represents a rare opportunity for learners to shape their career paths in this exciting arena.

They also offer students the opportunity to study a BA (Hons) Business Information Systems with Cloud Computing. This course is intended to educate and prepare students for employment in information systems or cloud computing.  It will also provide students with a strong IT/IS knowledge, competence and skills in the technologies that underpin cloud computing. In relation to the specific skills requirement in the area of cloud computing, the January 2011 report by Goodbody’s Economic Consultants identifies that ‘the greatest benefit of cloud computing is as a source of exports, growth and jobs for the Irish economy’.  This report also identifies ‘the need for additional marketing, sales and technical staff with the relevant skills for cloud Computing, and a need for training for their current employees’ This new programme, the BA (Hons) Business Information Systems in Cloud Computing will provide students with a solid understanding in the technologies and languages that are used to design and develop applications for the cloud.  They will also understand the fundamental concepts and architecture of cloud computing.  Students will develop key skills in the use and application of current cloud computing platforms and how they are used to deploy web and other client applications to the Cloud.

Dorset College in Dublin run a Cloud Certified Professional (CCP™) nine week course. The Cloud Certified Professional (CCP™) program is dedicated to excellence in the fields of cloud computing technology, architecture, security, and governance. A collection of courses establish a set of vendor-neutral industry certifications for different areas of specialization. Founded by best-selling author, Thomas Erl, this curriculum enables IT professionals to develop real-world cloud computing proficiency. Because of the vendor-neutral focus of the course materials, the skills acquired by attaining CloudSchool.com certifications are applicable to any vendor or cloud platform.

This Cloud Certified Professional Course is suitable for those seeking to exploit the benefits of cloud computing technologies and assess the potential for cloud computing in their organisation. While there are no pre-requisites an understanding of XML Technologies or Enterprise IT Architecture is recommended.

There are also a number of postgraduate courses in various HEIs that prepare you for a career in Cloud Computing. Therefore if you are an IT graduate, this is an area worth researching further. With the continuous global media attention on Cloud Computing and with companies like Microsoft endorsing it; one is best advised to put their head in the clouds in this case. Yes, the future is bright for Cloud Computing graduates.

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