Wednesday, August 01 12:42:23
A new digital technology and games development programme, WebElevate, was launched today by Digital Skills Academy, as the digital technology and gaming sector continues to grow in Ireland.
The scheme is part of the Higher Education Authority's Springboard programme.
WebElevate is an honours-degree level programme that develops talent for employment roles in the digital technology and digital gaming sectors, where there is strong jobs growth with over 4,500 jobs announced in these sectors since the start of the year.
The programme is free-of-charge for participants, who are eligible for the Springboard programme.
Some 200 jobseekers, who aspire to work in the digital technology and digital gaming sectors, will secure places, it said.
The programme, which includes a new stream to develop talent for the digital games industry, retrains participants in in-demand digital technology skills for employment in areas including mobile application development, web commerce, digital marketing, web video production, online publishing and the online and mobile game development sectors. The programme is delivered by Digital Skills Academy, based at the Digital Hub, with Dublin Institute of Technology as the awarding body.
Paul Dunne, CEO of Digital Skills Academy said "Today's announcement is a significant boost for the technology and digital games sectors where digital skills are high in demand and for the 200 job seekers whose talents will be developed through our WebElevate programme. Our focus is on moving people from sectors that have been worst hit by the recession; building on their existing skills and layering on new knowledge and skills for employment in the digital sectors, where there will be continued jobs growth. Already a third of our current WebElevate participants who will graduate this October have secured employment."
Welcoming the launch of WebElevate, Jamie McCormick of online gaming company Gala Networks Europe said "With major international and home grown online games companies located in Ireland, there is a real potential for a major jobs growth in digital game development in Ireland. Having people with the right skills to fill these roles is crucial for Ireland's success in this arena and the WebElevate programme can deliver training very relevant to the kind of companies here in Ireland today, and over the coming years."