Nine months. Candidates undertake a fulltime internship with a significant industry partner and are simultaneously registered on a 30-credit Part Time programme of study with CIT.
This is a work-based programme. Students will work fulltime in the company in which they have secured the internship, and attend CIT for four workshops of duration of 3-4 days each over the course of the nine months.
Field of Study
This is a Level 9 special purpose award in professional practice. Candidates will undertake modules relating to their own professional development and the organisational context within which they accumulate that professional practice. Students will also undertake a specialist module in Lean Sigma Process Management. The course is open to Level 8 graduates of Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) disciplines who have secured an internship under this programme.
The student will be placed fulltime in the internship company for the nine month duration of the programme. Students will be assigned a work-based mentor as well as an academic tutor from CIT. Students will undertake Lean Sigma project work as part of the internship. As part of their academic learning, students will be asked to reflect on their own professional development in the context of the workplace.
The course allows Level 8 graduates to get that vital first professional experience in industry, while at the same time being registered on an academic programme earning 30 credits at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Ten of the 30 credits are related to the student’s own professional development. A further ten credit module requires the student to reflect on the professional environment within which they find themselves, the organizational structure and culture and how that organizational culture impacts on a company’s success. The third ten credit module involves the student undertaking specific Lean Sigma training and assessing the impact of the practice of these skills on the organization.
Graduates of Higher Education Institutions can gain significant and valuable learning within their first year in a workplace setting with the reality that many of the work opportunities created are for graduates with a combination of knowledge and experience. This programme has been developed to provide a framework for higher education graduates to gain a recognised and validated award through a structured work-based learning internship within a partner organisation. An objective of the Programme will be to expand the quality and quantity of entry-level positions within Ireland’s multinational corporations and broader industrial base, thereby providing the State with a future pool of talent to meet current skills needs and to attract additional new investment.
This is a Pilot programme which will be reviewed after the first delivery by all parties. The review will be conducted by the HEA with input from the Graduates, the HEIs and industry partners.