GMIT awarded €4.7m to deliver 25 Springboard & HCI upskilling courses

Thursday, June 18, 2020 Press Office
Press Release

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GMIT has been awarded funding of €2.68m under the HEA’s Springboard+2020 and €2.02m under Pillar 1 of the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) to deliver 25 upskilling programmes from November this year (2020) including three new Springboard courses and six new HCI Pillar 1 courses.

Details of the 2020 initiatives were announced yesterday (Wed 17 June 2020) by the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State for Training Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan.

573 places in total will be available on GMIT’s 25 Springboard/ICT Skills courses with seven of these courses fully online. 308 places will be available on the six new HCI programmes with one of these programmes fully online.

The three newly approved Springboard courses are the Certificate in Industrial Automation, Certificate in Digital Mapping, and Certificate in Building Digital Healthcare Communities (see below list). All of these GMIT courses are applied for through

Welcoming the announcement, GMIT President Dr Orla Flynn says: “Clearly we are delighted with the outcome of this call and we welcome the Ministers’ announcement. I want to signal how important these awards will be – especially at this point in time - for participants, for industry, and for the wider region. I also want to acknowledge the hard work of colleagues across the institute who delivered this result for GMIT; their ongoing partnerships with our many external stakeholders gives a strong indicator of future success.”

Dr Ian O’Connor, GMIT HCI Co-ordinator, says: “I am delighted with the HCI results. These new programmes, devised in collaboration with industry partners, and supported by our Regional Skills Forum, will provide graduates with opportunities to upskill in areas such as ICT, Digital Construction, Data Analytics, Biopharmaceutical Science and, Sustainability.  GMIT will also partner with the Irish MedTech Association for a new Level 8 programme in Regulatory Affairs for the medical device sector. I would like to pay tribute to my academic colleagues and their industry partners for developing these programmes”.

GMIT’s Springboard 2020 part-time courses are as follows:

Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Add-on) in Manufacturing Engineering (L7), Galway campus
Certificate in Blockchain for Business (L8), fully online
Certificate in Building Digital Healthcare Communities (L8), Mayo campus
Certificate in Business Analytics (L8), fully online
Certificate in Culinary Skills (L6), Galway campus
Certificate in Certificate in Digitalisation for SMEs (Digital Media and Marketing) (L6), Mayo campus
Certificate in Climate Resilience for Business (L8), Mayo campus
Certificate in Digital Mapping and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) (L8), Mayo campus
Certificate in Digital Media and Marketing (L9), Mayo campus
Certificate in Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship (L9), Galway campus
Certificate in Industrial Automation (L7), Galway campus
Certificate in Information Technology Project Management (L7), Mayo campus
Certificate in Network Cybersecurity (L7), Mayo campus
Certificate in Quality for the Medical Device Industry (L8), Galway campus
Certificate in Sustainable Building Technology (L8), Mayo campus
Higher Diploma in Science - Computing (Data Analytics)-12 Months, fully online  
Higher Diploma in Science - Computing (Data Analytics)-18/24 Months, fully online
Higher Diploma in Science - Computing (Software Development)-12 Months, fully online
Higher Diploma in Science - Computing (Software Development)- 8/24 Months, fully online

GMIT’s six HCI graduate conversion courses, detailed below, will be delivered in a blended format (mix of online and on campus), except for the Higher Diploma in Business Analytics which is delivered fully online:

Higher Diploma in Cybersecurity Risk & Compliance (L8), Mayo campus
Higher Diploma in Advanced Analytical Chemistry (L8), Galway campus
Higher Diploma in Business Analytics (L8), fully online  
Postgraduate Diploma in Building Information Management (BIM) and Digital Construction (9), Galway Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Biopharmaceutical Science (L9), Galway campus
Circular Economy for a Sustainable Built Environment (L9), Galway campus

Nationally, 17,000 new places will be made available to people seeking to upskill or reskill in areas of AI, ICT, smart factory technology, sustainable energy, medical device technology, and cybersecurity; 13,000 in 2020 and the remainder over the next two years. An additional 2,129 places have been made available in response to Covid-19.

For further information about courses in Galway, email and in Mayo email 


Issued by Regina Daly, GMIT Communications & Press Officer, GMIT, Dublin Road, Galway.
Tel 091-742826/0879618355 (m)

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