Ireland's leading enterprise-focused third level institution, IBAT College Dublin, has successfully secured government funding to provide its Cyber Security for Managers course for free to people who are not working and looking for a different career path in Ireland. According to The Limerick Post, potential students who are employed will have access to a 90 per cent subsidy on the course.
Following a competitive tender co-ordinated by the Higher Education Authority in Ireland on behalf of the Government of Ireland, the funding is in recognition of the qualification being determined, by an expert panel, as a programme in an area where there are employment opportunities in the economy. Under the 2021 call for the Springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education, 294 courses were approved for funding across 34 providers.
"We are delighted to have been chosen to run the Cyber Security for Managers course,” says Joe Gorey, Principal at IBAT College Dublin. “Cyber security is very much a hot topic as can be seen in the amount of media coverage around the world and is vital in ensuring the smooth running of everything from a range of industries, through defence, to banking and online shopping.”
To qualify for a free Springboard+ course, potential students must be unemployed, actively seeking work and available to take up work. For those already employed, course fees are subsidised up to 90 per cent for courses at levels 7, 8 and 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
“We have been approved for 35 fully-funded places on the Cyber Security for Managers course,” says Joe Gorey. “This certificate will furnish managers across multiple disciplines with the awareness and level of expertise required to help identify potential weaknesses, act quickly in the event of an attack or system being compromised and how to deal with the aftermath of such an event.”
IBAT College currently has three complementary cyber courses, the 12-week online Diploma in Cyber and Digital Security, the 10-month Online Cyber Professional course and the online Diploma in CompTIA Security+.
The first intake of students receiving the funding will be in September 2021 and will be provided on a first come, first served basis.