Stephen Murphy, GMIT

Opel Ireland announces Springboard partnership
Stephen Murphy, GMIT

Opel Ireland and its parent company General Motors (GM) have announced a partnership with the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) Springboard programme.

It will mean the introduction of new free graduate programmes in University of Limerick (UL) and NUI Galway involving 30 graduate positions a year over the next four years.

The Higher Diploma in Software Development (Middleware integration) will be delivered at UL starting in the middle of July while the Diploma in Applied Sciences will be delivered by NUIG with a high performance computing stream being developed in conjunction with the Irish Centre for High End Computing based on the NUIG campus starting early August 2014.

Applicants eligible to apply for these courses will have a qualification in a relevant engineering, computing, mathematics, science or technology disciplines.

Candidates who have a minimum of three years experiential learning in an appropriate computing discipline may also be considered.

Gerry Jacob, chief information officer for GM Europe and the IT Global Infrastructure Organisation said: “Through this initiative we are confident that a talent pipeline will be established and ultimately this multi-year graduate programme will achieve the goal of creating a global centre of excellence for GM in Ireland.”

Opel is involved at the Springboard Future Secured Roadshow events which took place in CHQ in Dublin’s IFSC today (17 June) and will be in the Metropole Hotel Cork on 19 June.