Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, has announced that almost 150 new student places are being provided on 13 courses in Letterkenny IT as part of a new Government fund.
The additional opportunities for students are being created thanks to Government investment of €24 million across universities and colleges as part of the Human Capital Initiative.
Minister McHugh said the Human Capital Initiative and Government investment will create more and better opportunities for students.
“We know where the demands are for highly educated, qualified graduates and this investment is responding directly to that need.
“We are trying to ensure the right support for colleges seeking to educate students with high priority enterprise skills such as science, engineering, ICT and professional construction.
“There is a future focus to many of the courses.
“Looking at Letterkenny IT’s focus, they are pushing for more students in engineering, metal trades, renewables, computing and digital forensics and healthcare.
“It is great to see them plan for another 146 students to add to the more than 3,000 already studying there,” he said.
For each extra place that is provided on target courses, Letterkenny IT will be allocated €2,500 in additional funding.
The increased capacity at the college was approved after Letterkenny IT made bids for support under Pillar 2 of the Human Capital Initiative.
Minister McHugh, said universities and colleges are answering the call to prepare students with better skills for a changing world of work.
“This investment is a key part of the Government’s strategy under Future Jobs Ireland,” he added.
The following courses at LYIT have been approved for support under the Human Capital Initiative
- BSc Computing
- BSc Security and Digital Forensics
- BEng Electronic Engineering
- BEng Mechanical Engineering – Mechanics and Metal Trades
- BEng Building Services and Renewable Energy
- BEng in Civil Engineering
- BSc Applied Computing
- BSc Computer Science
- BSc Digital Healthcare
- BEng Electronics and Embedded System
- BEng Mechanical Engineering Hons
- BEng Fire Safety Engineering
- BSc Data Science