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Mary Dineen

Tax Trainee

Irish Tax Institute

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  Mary Dineen
An essential prerequisite to a career in tax is obtaining the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification. Due to the varied and hands on nature of the work in Taxand Ireland’s office, I have found working in tax very beneficial when preparing for the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) exams and conversely, I have found the knowledge I have acquired as part of the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) course has assisted me massively in my day to day work with Taxand Ireland (William Fry).

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Springboard 2016 Call for Proposals

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Springboard 2016 Call for Proposals

Monday, February 15, 2016 

Springboard 2016 Call for Proposals

Springboard is a multi-annual fund which provides free part-time higher education courses, to assist the unemployed and previously self-employed to upskill or reskill in areas of current and future skills need.

The objectives of Springboard+ are:

1. To help unemployed people to return to sustainable employment.

2. To enhance collaboration between enterprise and higher education to design and deliver relevant higher education courses that support job creation and expansion in line with the Government’s Action Plans for Jobs.

3. To enhance the skills profile of the labour force to meet the targets and objectives of the national ICT Skills Action Plan (2014), the national and regional Action Plans for Jobs, and the Government’s new National Skills Strategy 2025 - Ireland’s Future.

The latest Call for proposals under the initiative was issued by the Higher Education Authority on 8th February 2016. The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs provided a Guidance document to accompany the Call, which gathers together the most recently available data concerning higher education level skills needs for enterprise suitable for the Springboard/Level 8 ICT Conversion Programme.

The Guidance document addresses cross-sectoral skills, sector-specific skills and cross-enterprise or transversal skills, including:

  • Cross-sectoral skills, which are in demand across different sectors of the economy, include skills in ICT, Big Data/Data Analytics, Skills for International Trade (including foreign languages, cultural awareness, global sales and marketing) and Engineering Skills.
  • Sector-specific skills for International Financial Services, general manufacturing, as well as for manufacturing in the Medical Devices, Biopharma-Pharmachem, Food & Beverages, Construction and Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality sectors.
  • Cross-Enterprise, or transversal skills, such as people skills, critical/analytical thinking skills, management skills and creativity, design and innovation.

Information on the Springboard+ 2016 and ICT Conversion call is available on the HEA website here.

Source: EGFSN Report

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