L8 Certificate in Computer Networks & Cloud Infrastructure

Institute of Technology, Sligo (SG_KCOMP_E08)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

40

Department

Computing & Design

Skills Area

Information and communication (including ICT)

General Information
Contact

Jean Gilligan

Email

gilligan.jean@itsligo.ie

Phone

071 9305835

Address

Jean Gilligan,
Springboard Project Coordinator,
IT Sligo,
Ash Lane,
Sligo.

Role

Springboard Project Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

14/09/2018

Start Date

17/09/2018

End Date

31/05/2019

About this Course

This Level 8 Certificate will provide the learner with the skills, knowledge, and competencies required to progress a career working in modern networking environments, particular cloud-based provisions. The programme enables the learner to work with computer networks and cloud infrastructure in order to design, analyse, survey, configure, install, monitor, secure, evaluate, and troubleshoot network, server and telecommunications configurations. This programme is mapped onto professional industry standards, and helps to prepare candidates for immediate employment using skills gained in the required areas.

Objectives

This programme has been designed to meet the skills shortage identified in the ICT sector. It has been reported that almost 40% of ‘difficult to fill’ roles across all sectors in Ireland in recent years were in the area of
ICT. The ICT sector accounts for the highest share of new employment permits issued each year, illustrating the
challenges that employers are facing in filling positions in this sector. At 42%, employed programmers and software
developers had over double the national average share of non-Irish nationals (15.4%); the share of non-Irish IT business analysts & systems designers was even higher at 44% (SOLAS, 2017).

Entry Requirements

Level 7 Degree in Computer Networking or similiar.

Long Description

This Level 8 Certificate will provide the learner with the skills, knowledge, and competencies required to progress a career working in modern networking environments, particular cloud-based provisions. The programme enables the learner to work with computer networks and cloud infrastructure in order to design, analyse, survey, configure, install, monitor, secure, evaluate, and troubleshoot network, server and telecommunications configurations. This programme is mapped onto professional industry standards, and helps to prepare candidates for immediate employment using skills gained in the required areas.

The recently published North West Skills Forum report points to the regional need. A comprehensive interview process with over 30 regional ICT companies revealed strong demand for ICT skills - “CSO data shows private sector ICT jobs in the North West have grown strongly adding almost 850 additional jobs, which is a growth of 72% in the seven years from 2008 to 2015”.
It has been reported that almost 40% of ‘difficult to fill’ roles across all sectors in Ireland in recent years were in the area of ICT. The ICT sector accounts for the highest share of new employment permits issued each year, illustrating the challenges that employers are facing in filling positions in this sector. At 42%, employed programmers and software developers had over double the national average share of non-Irish nationals (15.4%); the share of non-Irish IT business analysts & systems designers was even higher at 44% (SOLAS, 2017).
In 2014 (Solas) 2,099 students graduated with computing undergraduate degrees (1265 of those at Level 8) - insufficient to meet demand. After Education, ICT has the highest proportion of graduates employed in Ireland at 70%. However, Solas report that the ICT sector shares the 2nd highest vacancy rate of all sectors, in Q4 2016. Recruitment agencies report ICT as one of every three DTF (difficult to fill) positions.
The recent Morgan McKinley employment monitor confirms the continued demand with strong growth in the ICT sector where there is demand for specialised skill sets including software engineering and cyber security - ”The demand for IT skills has propagated across all sectors of the economy where digital functions and roles form a key aspect of organisational management and new business development.”


For all IT Sligo Springboard programmes, the participants will be enrolled on a mandatory and accredited ‘Personal Effectiveness and Employability’ programme and also a structured job readiness programme called ‘Get Working’ that will be delivered by distance learning using an enquiry based and interactive learning approach. These programmes are designed to improve the employability skills of the students with particular emphasis on CV and Interview preparation and on the job transferable skills to become an effective team member. These modules will also outline the skills needed for effective engagement in the workplace.
The course entitled “Get Working” is developed and hosted by HR specialists. During this programme the students will gain the technical skills and knowledge for work in the Biopharma and Med Tech manufacturing sectors, this job readiness programme will compliment that learning by enhancing the student’s employability. This programme consists of topics including, ‘Strategies for job readiness’, ‘What I have to offer’, ‘Identifying the right role & target employers’ as well as ‘Preparing for interviews’.
The ‘Personal Effectiveness and Employability’ programme has been assigned 10 credits and will be delivered in semester two following the ‘Get Working’ programme and on completion of this module the learner will be able to develop an independent, self-managed, reflective approach to study and work. They will become familiar with workplace cultures and collaborate effectively in groups, teams and meetings.

Why Choose This Course

The North West Regional Skills Forum conducted a skills survey amongst ICT and FinTech employers in the Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim region between July 2017 and January 2018. This audit involved face-to-face interviews with 28 employers in the ICT/FinTech sectors. In addition, follow-up interviews with 12 employers were carried out to further analyse the data collected. The purpose of the skills survey was to determine employer requirements in relation to education, training and recruitment so education and training providers in the region could be further informed in relation to the needs of industry. This resulted in the publication of a skills report for the ICT/FinTech sectors which is available on the Regional Skills Forum North West website.
Enterprise 2025 (EP2025) the Government’s new enterprise policy framework and strategy sets the ambition to have 2.18 million people at work by the end of 2020 and to achieve an unemployment rate of 6%. This equates to an extra 266,000 at work on the end-2014 baseline. A number of Government Strategies and individual Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGSFN) sectoral and thematic reports have quantified the specific skills requirements in a number of sectors, including ICT which it projected to grow by an estimated 44,500
potential job openings between 2013 and 2018 with ‘above average’ growth forecast through 2020.
Graduates from computer networks & cloud infrastructure will have the core skills in computer systems, networking, cloud and computer security will allow students to take up the many available employment opportunities both locally, nationally and internationally. Students with this set of skills will have a future career path as a Network Systems Administrator, Computer Network Defence Administrator, Wireless Network Engineer, Computer Systems Administrator, Cloud Solutions Architect and Cybersecurity Engineer.
Recent reports point to 44,500 ICT job openings in the period 2014-18 with 40% of demand either being supported by international recruitment, or going unmet.
The tightening labour market for ICT skills will prompt employers to consider up skilling existing employees. It is planned to market advanced entry of this programme to such employees through online/blended learning.
There are also obvious advantages for companies to protect their investment in these employees - both in financial terms as well as time.

IT Sligo Springboard participants can avail of the services of the Careers office and the IT Careers Portal. The Careers officer provides guidance to students regarding their programme of study and career options. A virtual and campus based career fair occurs annually and students have access to employers and their current requirements. Students can attend live events where they can visit live interactive sessions with employers.
Students also have access to a postgraduate fair, which also occurs annually on campus. As part of this event, students will have an opportunity to attend CV Clinics and have their CV professionally checked by HR professionals. They can also attend seminars and lectures relating to career development, identifying target employers, how to connect with employers, collaborate effectively in groups and in identifying and applying on the job soft skills.
IT Sligo delivers a six week 'Get Working' MOOC in semester 1 and this programme is delivered in association with HR specialists within the 'Worklink' organisation.
Following which the students then participate on a 'Personal effectiveness and employability' programme in semester two which is designed to enhance participants job readiness training. This is a 10 credit module and it has been designed to enhance the skills needed for effective engagement in the work place.
IT Sligo also helps students get ahead in the world of work with an industry placement. Thanks to our close contacts and research collaborations with many companies and major employers, we can offer a wide variety of opportunities in destinations across the region and beyond.

Career Opportunities

This programme is an opportunity for candidates to progress in the IT industry with the knowledge gained in Computer Networking & Security, Server Administration, and Cloud Computing and Telecommunications to Level 8 award standard.
The programme is designed to provide the learner with the skills, knowledge, and competencies required to begin a career in Computer Networking and Cloud Computing. The programme enables the learner to work with both computer networks and servers in order to design, analyse, configure, monitor, secure, evaluate, and troubleshoot network, server and configurations deployed in a cloud environment. This programme is mapped onto professional industry standards, and helps to prepare candidates for immediate employment using skills gained in the required areas.
The objectives of the programme are:
Knowledge: Computational concepts and elementary networking, server, cloud infrastructure and telecommunications functionality Network and server testing strategies. The main activities of network administrator and their interactions, and some of the major problems of network and server administration.

Skills: Configure routers and switches and servers to allow secure data to flow into and out of the network.
•Explain networking, server, cloud infrastructure concepts and their impact on an organisation.
•Troubleshoot existing network, server, telecommunication and cloud infrastructure implementations in order to adjust or correct their functionality.
•Design and document both a wired and wireless network structure including the use of Software Defined Networks for a small to medium sized organisation.
•Analyse simple problems involving networking, server, virtualization, and infrastructure in order to producing a top-level plan with refinements Use both vendor specific and open source platforms.
•Apply appropriate principles and practices to secure a network.
•Analyse Cloud storage considerations for a virtualized environment.

Attitudes - appreciate that:
•A network administrator requires creativity in order to solve problems and precision in the construction and manipulation of servers and networks
•A network administrator builds up a repertoire of techniques for solving problems, usually adapting and reusing
techniques as each new problem is encountered
•A network administrator must be able to communicate his/her ideas to others
•learning networking, server and cloud infrastructure skills requires commitment and perseverance
•Working independently and in teams is necessary in working environments

Timetable Info

Lectures delivered online in the evenings and also available to download as recordings. The schedule will be confirmed in September.

Delivery Location

IT Sligo online delivery

Delivery Notes

e-Learning

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Admissions Department

Address

Online Admissions,
IT Sligo,
Ash Lane,
Sligo.

Phone

071 9318511

Email

admissions@itsligo.ie

RPL Information

IT Sligo recognises and assess prior experiential learning of applicants through its RPL process. The institute is committed to maximising access and flexibility to applicants and the RPL procedure outlines how a learner may apply for and obtain credits for prior learning. The definition of credit in this instance is the award of a grade for learning in the context of the relevant course schedule.

Application Procedures

Apply online through the Springboard website www.springboardcourses.ie

Media
IT Sligo online

Experience online learning at IT Sligo

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2ytk4szuvg6opxm/AABKwO9YnAT9ErMeEpJVGlI5a?dl=0


Online learning webinar

The webinar demonstrated the medium by which online programmes are delivered at IT Sligo

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6R5gsxoeXRZQnplMGRfdGVpWG8/view?usp=sharing