GMIT offering 600 free or subsidised course places

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Galway Daily news GMIT holding virtual postgraduate open day

GMIT is offering 600 free and subsidised places on 30 new modular skills courses to people whose livelihoods have been impacted by Covid-19.

The courses, which start in January 2021, have come about as the result of €775,000 in funding from the Higher Education Authority under the Jobs Stimulus package.

Modular courses are short, focused and flexible, designed to help people who cannot commit to full-time higher education courses.

GMIT’s offerings range from Business & Computing to Tourism & Hospitality, Nutrition & Physical Sciences, Human Resource Management (HRM) and Digital Technologies.

Online applications will open on Monday, 16 November. To help applicants, GMIT will host four live online Q&A sessions on dates including Wednesday 18 November, Friday 20 November, Wednesday 25 November and Friday 27 November, all from 6pm to 8pm.

Dr Ian O’Connor, GMIT Professional Development Office, says “We are delighted to offer these excellent new modular courses which are designed to allow participants build towards a degree of their choice without having to commit to a long term programme of study.”

The courses are designed for those looking to upskill in their current role, or who are seeking new skills for a change in career direction.

Over half of the modular courses offered by GMIT are in the area of hotel and hospitality studies which require a blended format of delivery, ie  online theory-related classes and onsite attendance for practical essential learning.

“Many businesses have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 and this development will provide opportunities for upskilling and reskilling across the region and beyond, said Cáit Noone, Head of GMIT’s Galway International Hotel School.

She encouraged people to take part in the Q&A sessions, as with applications only open for a two-week period, there is a significant demand expected.

Applicants who are in receipt of social welfare payments including the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) will be eligible for free fees. Those in employment will be required to pay only 10% of the course fee.

See the full list of courses and how to apply on www.gmit.ie/jobs-stimulus