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Irish Universities Association with innovative plan to tackle Ireland’s skilled workforce shortage

Dublin: The Irish Universities Association has launched a new landmark education initiative aimed at addressing the shortage of skilled workers in Ireland’s labour market by making life-long education simple for individuals and institutions.

The MicroCreds website has been developed for the association with over 300 university-accredited courses by integrating various universities across the country. Sustainability, digital transformation, data programming, digital disruption, fintech, strategy, data management, and business skills are among the creative areas covered in the courses. The course fee also varies depending on the duration of the course, among other factors. There are courses with fees ranging from 200 to 2000 euros.

According to Jools O’Connor, project lead for More Microcredits at the Irish Universities Association, all courses are university-accredited and have ECTS credits.

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said at the platform’s launch that the new initiative would help address the skills shortage. Professor Kerstin Mey, President of the University of Limerick and Chair of the IUA Council, praised the goal of providing adult learners with lifelong learning opportunities.

This innovative project involves seven founding members of the association: Dublin City University, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, the University of Galway, and the University of Limerick.

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