An additional 50 places have been allocated to third-level institutions in Cork through the government’s Human Capital Initiative, Cork North West Fine Gael General Election candidate Councillor John Paul O’Shea has said.
30 additional places at University College Cork, following an allocation of €300,000, and 20 additional places at Cork Institute of Technology, following an allocation of €200,000, have been announced this week.
Nationally almost 3,000 additional student places on 138 courses have been added, following an allocation of €24 million from the Human Capital Initiative, which is a key part of the Enhancing Skills and Developing and Attracting Talent Pillar of Future Jobs Ireland. The additional places will commence in Autumn 2020 and 2021.
Cllr. O’Shea said: “The additional places will address identified key areas of enterprise skills needs and are provided through increased and incentivised provision in full-time undergraduate provision. I especially welcome the 50 additional places in Cork, between UCC and CIT, which follows a €500,000 investment by our government.”
Places are on full award, full-time undergraduate courses at levels 6 to 8 on the NFQ in Higher Education Institutions. For each additional student provided under this pillar, €2,500 per year will be allocated to the institution in addition to the core grant.