Level 9 About NFQ
School of Business
Alison McKeonEmail Phone
01 472 7101
Irish Times Building
24-28 Tara Street
Course Administrator and Student Support
This Postgraduate Certificate Professional Development (Enabling Business Resilience) was developed in response to the impact of Covid-19 on the workforce and is an opportunity for those negatively impacted to upskill or reskill to help them seek employment or re-evaluate their current business practice in light of a changing business environment. The programme's overall aim is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage and lead in private, voluntary, and public domains. The programme will focus on the practical application of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the context of the new business environment with a focus on upskilling to help rebuild business and careers. The intended learners are both the employed who are, or who aspire to be, in decision making positions in their organisation, or the unemployed who lost their jobs as the result of the pandemic and wish to develop new and complementary skills to help them seek new employment.
1. Foundations of Management
Developing a framework of knowledge to understand and critically analyse strategic goals of management, appropriate organisational structures and management's role in delivering strategic goals to enable future organisational growth.
2. Strategic Digital Transformation
Learning concepts that underpin business intelligence and data analytics as part of a digital transformation strategy. Creating a data management strategy with an evidence-based performance management dashboard to aid data manipulation and decision-making.
3. Strategy and Innovation
Understanding effective analysis and decisions an organisation undertakes in order to create and sustain competitive advantage. Exploring these decision areas and scenario planning, whilst taking into account current and future challenges and perspectives.
Applicants must have gained:
(a) (i) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or
(ii) an equivalent standard in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; and
(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).
In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
Participants may be required to submit a letter / statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their recent employment history.
The course combines 3 modules (Foundations in Management, Strategy & Innovation and Strategic Digital Transformation) to build a course which addresses the identified skills deficit in the local economy of leadership/management and digital skills. It also aims to equip participants to address strategic and innovation challenges impacting organisations that need to transform and adjust to the emerging business climate. Whilst Covid-19 has been a major challenge in the last 2 years and has forced many businesses to adapt and re-evaluate, the Solas 2021 National Skills Bulletin highlighted that the need to upskill and reskill the existing workforce will be essential to ensure Ireland meets the challenges faced by Brexit, automation and those brought about by our need to address climate change. In this context, businesses are facing multiple pressures and their ability to successfully adapt is crucial.
Sectors from tourism to technology to hospitality are facing a challenging environment, as we have identified through the industry engagement process undertaken in preparation of this course.
The programme will be delivered on a blended basis using online workshops (12 hrs per module), as well as online self-directed learning. Approximately 200 hours of learning is required for each module. Assessment methods include practical coursework, reflective pieces, business model canvas and a strategy pitch. Students are tasked with developing strategies for their business to successfully manoeuvre around challenges, composing new disruptive business ideas, utilizing digital technology and developing data visualization platform/dashboards. These are all applicable learnings to their current role or will be valuable learnings when applying for new roles.
Irish Times Building
24-28 Tara Street
01 472 7101Email
Based on applications received through the HEA Springboard database Irish TImes Training:
- Conduct a phone interview to assess suitability
- Gather evidence to confirm eligibility and aptitude, including previous academic records
- Review of documentation provided by the applicant