Online training is becoming a popular option for students to learn how to be more effective at their job.
The Irish Institute of Technology’s Online Training Centre (OTC) said the number of trainees applying to the centre has increased by 50% compared to the previous year.
It said there were 2,600 applications for the online course in the first half of 2019, compared to 4,000 in the same period last year.
OTC head of digital services, John Murphy, said the majority of the students enrolled this year were interested in being trained by someone other than the traditional institution.
“The main reason why we are able to have a higher number of students applying is because of the online programme,” Mr Murphy said.
The university is also encouraging trainees to apply online by signing up at www.os.ie or calling the training centre on 0800 844 904.
Mr Murphy explained the online training course allows the students to choose a subject area and then go to the OTC website and apply to train with one of its instructors.
“We’re also trying to give students the ability to take part in the Otc training program in other ways,” Mr Murphy said.
OTG has also launched a new online training programme, entitled Skills for a Better Future.
It allows students to work out skills that will help them be more successful at their jobs.
The course is aimed at students aged between 18 and 25 who are interested in careers in the IT sector, but also interested in applying to work in a public or private sector.
Murphy said the OTP was not offering the course for free.
“There’s a cost associated with it,” he said.
“But we do have an option for those who would like to train in the classroom setting and take it in a more structured way, where we have a teacher and a mentor, who will teach them a bit of the curriculum.”
Students who do not qualify for the free online course will have to pay a fee.
However, Mr Murphy admitted that it was not always possible for students enrolled in the course to have full access to the course material.
“A lot of students are quite selective in what they choose to take in the curriculum, which is part of the reason why there is a fee attached to it,” Mr Miller said.
However Mr Murphy acknowledged that the OTS was currently looking to expand the course.
“I think it’s going to continue to be a very good option,” he added.
Mr Miller has also said that students interested in taking a course at OTC will have a number of options, including the OTT Master’s in Applied Science, which teaches skills related to computer and network security.
“It’s a great opportunity for students who would be interested in doing a career in IT, to get more hands on experience,” he explained.
OTI is looking to open a second online course later this year, but this is currently the only one offered.
It is currently offering the online skills training programme for up to 20 trainees in the second half of this year.