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The Human Capital Initiative (HCI Pillar 1) FREE to Eligible Applicants

What is it?

The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 is a Government education fund aimed at reskilling and upskilling students to take up careers where skills are most needed in the Irish economy.

 Pillar 1 programmes are FREE for candidates who satisfy eligibility criteria.

Who is it for?

HCI Pillar 1 offers full-time conversion programmes to candidates (who hold a level 8 qualification or equivalent) to upskill for future job prosperity in areas such as; ICT, Engineering, Data Analytics and Technology. The fund is directed towards new graduates, those returning to education, professionals and unemployed candidates.

Please note that HCIP1 programmes are pending approval through the Universities internal programme review and approval processes.  

Graduates of these programmes can -

• Upskill or reskill in new sectors with attractive and secure job opportunities
• Increase earnings;
• Broaden  long-term career options;
• Take on a new and dynamic profession
• Be part of emerging technology sectors


DevOps and Data Analytics (Higher Diploma)
Environmental Science (Higher Diploma)
DevOps and Continuous Software Engineering (Graduate Diploma)
Agile Business Analysis (Graduate Diploma)
Multilingual Software Development and Translation Technology (Graduate Diploma)
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