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Make CCFE your Fastrack to ICT

Posted on January 15, 2018

The Fastrack to IT (FIT) Skills audit is a crucial report detailing current industry trends. In their most recent audit of over 60 companies in Ireland the need for skilled ICT professionals in all sectors continues to grow.

Paul Davitt, CEO of FIT said, “The audit highlights that while there is strong demand in the IT industry for people with university degrees and doctorates, there are more vacancies for people with IT skills at Level 5/6 on the NFQ. It also demonstrates clearly that the Further Education and Training Sector has a huge role to play in addressing the immediate gap and foreseeable skills need in Ireland “. He went on to say, “Respondents to the audit were also keen to get across the need for graduates and jobseekers to have a greater appreciation of the demands of business, and the importance of real-life skills and practical work experience.”

Whether you want to become part of this exciting IT Sector by working in it directly or you want to gain some knowledge in using technology for your everyday work, you probably are aware that you need adequate skills and training.

This is where the IT Department in Castlebar College of FE comes in. Post Leaving Cert Courses are designed in such a way as to provide these skills through the teaching methodologies used and the work placement programme that is part of every course. Excellent relations with local employers exist and all students undertake relevant work experience placement.

CCFE is strategically located in the heart of Castlebar and has been delivering innovative Post leaving Cert courses for 20 years.

It has forged a strategic position educationally too, in becoming the leading provider of emerging technology-based courses in the west of Ireland at QQI Level 5 and most recently in September 2017 a new Level 6 Course in Computer Systems and Networks has been developed.

Reaching for the Cloud and a new Level 6 Course in Systems and Networks

The College is keeping pace with advancements in the technological world, and has moved swiftly to further enhance its role as an IT hub by developing a suite of new courses designed to equip graduates with cutting-edge knowledge and skills in the computer-based sector.

Level 5 Courses on offer include Software Development with Cloud Computing, which focuses on the single fastest-growing areas in this sector; and Computer Systems and Networks with Mobile Technologies Level 5 and Systems and Networks Level 6, which combines computer hardware and networks with app development. This is in response to the growing employment demand in the field of computer-based services and software development. In addition, they provide links to Third-Level courses in these areas. While vocational in nature, they are flexible in structure, providing the learner with the opportunities to progress their specialised skills.

Design and Multimedia Department

In the Design and Multimedia Department we are offering Gaming and Animation Level 5

Graphic & Web Design, Photography and image processing using industry standard programmes prepares students for portfolio requirements in related fields. Animation and Motion Graphics is an integral part of this course. Graduates go on to employment and Degree Courses such as Digital Media and Society, Games Design and Development and Creative Media courses throughout Ireland. 

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