Level 7 About NFQ
Department of Management and Marketing
Lorna MoloneyEmail Phone
Adult Continuing Education,
University College Cork,
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS OFFICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AS A RESULT OF COVID-19.
UCC Springboard+ Programme Coordinator
Today's business environment is rapidly changing: Brexit presents significant and unknown challenges for many businesses operating in Ireland; there is increased global uncertainty; and new technology is disrupting traditional ways of doing business. Such changing contexts requires organisations to be responsive, agile and innovative in developing solutions to address these key issues to achieve competitive sustainable advantage. Thus highlighting the need for organisations to ensure their key resources i.e. management have the necessary skills to adapt to this demanding environment.
The programme will be particularly valuable to managers in any sector who have had little or no formal management training and want to strengthen their managerial capabilities through the completion of a formal third level management qualification that is highly practical in its orientation. It is also suitable for people working in non-managerial roles who wish to improve their career development in preparation for future management roles.
Applications will be accepted from candidates who:
Are over 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application
Hold a level 6 qualification
Have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience as deemed appropriate by the programme Academic Director.
All applicants whose first language is not English should have attained IELTS Level 6.0 or the equivalent TOEFL score with no individual section lower than 5.5.
Note: The programme will be particularly valuable to managers in any sector who have had little or no formal management training and want to strengthen their managerial capabilities through the completion of a formal third level management qualification that is highly practical in its orientation. It is also suitable for people working in non-managerial roles who wish to improve their career development in preparation for future management roles.
Places are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates may be invited to interview by the programme team to assess their suitability for the programme.
Students will complete 30 credits as follows:
MG1848 Introduction to Management and Managing Yourself (10 Credits)
MG1849 Managing People (10 Credits)
MG1850 Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills for Managers (5 Credits)
AC1802 Introduction to Managing Finance (5 Credits)
The Certificate in Management Practice will introduce students to key theories, methods and frameworks related to the practise of management through the lens of self, team and the organisation. The programme is designed to introduce participants to key management principles, best practise and practical ready-to-apply tools to help students build their own managerial skill-set, whilst delivering immediate improvements to their organisation (if applicable). The programme will begin with an introduction to the topic of management followed by an exploration of the participant's individual management style using appropriate psychometrics. Participants will then be encouraged to develop their core management skills and will participate in exercises designed to improve their abilities to self-manage, motivate themselves and others, network, communicate, and deliver and receive feedback. The programme will then progress to the key area of people management whereby students will explore relevant human resources (HR) practices, employment law, performance management, employee relations and conflict management. Students will subsequently be introduced to innovative tools and techniques such as design thinking to assist them in understanding and analysing problems, evaluating decisions and aligning new technologies with business objectives. Finally, students will gain an overview of basic financial management skills and the use of accounting information by managers.
***Please note that places are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. This course may be closed prior to the application deadline if all places are filled early.***
This broad programme will offer students the opportunity to develop greater self-awareness in order to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses. It will allow them to integrate core management principles into their own practice to improve their performance as a manager and to work more effectively with colleagues and staff. In order for participants to instantly apply their learning to their workplace and make improvements in the day-to-day management of their organisation, this skills-based programme is delivered with a highly practical focus in a very participative environment. Through engaging in class discussion, role-play, case study analysis and group tasks, students will gain practical tools to enhance their own performance as managers. Lectures and workshops will be delivered by a team of academic experts in the field of management, as well as a number of highly experienced practitioners.
The programme will be particularly valuable to managers in any sector who have had little or no formal management training and want to strengthen their managerial capabilities through the completion of a formal third level management qualification that is highly practical in its orientation. It is also suitable for people working in non-managerial roles who wish to improve their career development in preparation for future management roles. Springboard+ participants who are not currently employed will be assisted in sourcing work placements where possible where they can gain practical experience which will reinforce their learning on the programme. Graduates of the programme should then be well-placed to take up roles as people leaders and managers across a range of sectors.
A dedicated UCC EMPLOYABILITY AND WORK PLACEMENT COACH will work with the students and provide a tiered approach to supporting the participants with the development of their job readiness and their transition into employment. The activities of the Coach will be structured to meet the differing needs of the 3 categories of eligible applicants for the 2020 Springboard+ call: those unemployed and previously self-employed; returners; and those in employment. Main activities will include:
1. ONE-TO-ONE CAREER COACHING to formulate Individual CAREER ACTION PLANS leading to employment: Individual career coaching will be provided for each participant to reflect on:
* Where they are now in their careers;
* Where they want to be;
* Strategies for gaining employment on completion of their Springboard+ course.
These individual coaching sessions will be customised to the needs of the student within the three categories of Springboard+ 2020 applicants.
2. JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS to complement individual coaching sessions will be built into the programme as outlined below:
* Positioning oneself for job readiness (4 workshops): Setting realistic career objectives; Understanding strengths and skills; Learning from successful role models; Developing a career management strategy.
* Moving forward into a job (4 workshops): Taking action by developing career goals and implementing them;
* Creative job-hunting both on-line and off-line; Written applications, CVs and interview preparation and Implementing career plans.
* Small Group Workplace skills training will also be delivered to help individuals with barriers to employment to gain confidence, develop the people skills and the insights needed to transition to the world of work.
3. Participants will be given the opportunity to MEET EMPLOYERS by:
* Attending UCC organised recruitment fairs, jobs roadshows and other events where employers will be invited on campus to meet students;
*Attending employer-led events on building workplace competencies.
*Meet with employers for informational interviews.
* Lectures will be scheduled on Tuesday evenings (6.30-9.30pm) from end of September 2020 to early June 2021 to facilitate those in employment.
* Eight workshops will be scheduled on Saturdays (10am-4pm) over the course of the programme.
UCC & Online
* Given the current public health advice around social distancing, this programme will likely be delivered in a blended manner comprising live online classes, online recordings, and face-to-face teaching where possible.
RPL may be used by Springboard participants applying to this course to gain admission to the programme where an applicant many not otherwise reach the standard educational qualification entry requirements.
Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie.
Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.
Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Please ensure that you have the following documentation available at the time of application:
* Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational qualifications
* Current CV
* References where applicable
* Application Statement (In 500 words or less, please state why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements).
* Copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate for non-native English speakers
PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated.
PROGRAMME FEE INFORMATION:
No fee applicable for jobseekers (unemployed and formerly self-employed) and returners (homemakers, carers, etc.).
Fee applicable for those currently in employment - €200. This fee will be collected by UCC prior to the commencement of the course.
**Please note that this course may be closed prior to the application deadline if all places are filled**