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Public Procurement of Construction

Course Codes:
Carlow Campus: CW CRPPC A
Wexford Campus: CW CXPPC A

What is the programme about?
The programme is aimed at graduates and professionals who require specialist skills to manage a public procurement function in the context of construction works and associated design team services. For new graduate entrants to the sector it will provide a competitive edge as they embark on a career in this sector. For professionals who are already working in the area and who may not have such a formal qualification it will provide a skillset to further develop their careers.

The programme will provide an upskilling opportunity for those professionals engaged within the Built Environment sector and this particular subject area is one where there is a recognised managerial skills deficit.

Programme aims
The aim of this programme is to develop strategic thinking about; and a critical understanding of; public procurement in the context of construction works and associated design team services.

On completion of this programme, students should be able to:
• Critically analyse and critique the strategic nature of procurement, the associated EU Directives and Irish legislation.
• Critically analyse and critique construction procurement strategies.
• Develop and critically appraise public procurement performance measures and compliance within their organisation.

Entry requirements

Minimum second-class Honours Degree in civil engineering, quantity surveying, facilities management, architectural technology, construction management, building surveying, architecture, architectural science or equivalent qualification in a cognate discipline area. Chartered members of built environment professional bodies include such organisations as: Chartered Institute of Building, Engineers Ireland, Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

Candidates with significant experience in the built environment sector (as determined through IT Carlow's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy), in addition to an honours primary degree in another discipline area, may also be considered for entry.

Applicants applying for entry via routes other than that listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis through the IT Carlow RPL system.

ELIGIBILITY
• Jobseekers
• Returners
• Those in employment

Duration

1 year part-time (1 evening per week)

Number of credits

10 Credit Module - NFQ Level 9

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Carlow.
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005
Email: lll@itcarlow.ie
Web: www.itcarlow.ie/lll

Faculty of Lifelong Learning
Wexford Campus
Summerhill Road
Wexford
Tel: 053 9185809 (LLL Centre)
Tel: 053 9185800 (Reception)
Fax: 053 9185801
Email: wexfordLLL@itcarlow.ie
www.wexfordcampus.ie

Comment

What is Springboard+?
Springboard+ is a government initiative offering Higher Education courses to eligible individuals - for FREE - at Certificate, Degree, Higher Diploma and Masters Levels which lead to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

Springboard provides free upskilling in higher education in areas of identified skills need. The initiative's primary target group has been unemployed people with a previous history of employment. In 2014, Springboard incorporated ICT Skills Conversion courses (i.e. Springboard+), some of which are open to applicants regardless of their employment status.

Who is Eligible? All courses are open to eligible applicants irrespective of their employment status.

There are three categories of applicant:
1. Those in receipt of an eligible Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) payment and the previously self-employed;

2. Returners seeking to re-enter the workforce;

3. People in employment seeking to reskill or upskill.

People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús; JobBridge or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Case Officer, take up a Springboard course.

To participate in a NFQ Level 9 (Post Graduate) course, a period of at least one-year must have elapsed since completing a full time undergraduate degree course leading to a major award at Level 8 on the NFQ.

Proof of Eligibility
Applicants will also be required to provide evidence that they meet the eligibility criteria for the Springboard Initiative.

• Those in receipt of a qualifying Department of Social Protection will be required to provide evidence of this payment.

• Returners will be required to provide a letter/statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their status as a homemaker.

• Those in employment will be required to provide a copy of their most recent P60 or a letter from their current employer to confirm their employment.

Further information on eligibility is available on www.springboardcourses.ie

Application date

How To Apply for a Springboard Course
Springboard applications are made online at www.springboardcourses.ie

To make an application you will need to complete a short registration process and then fill out an online application form. It is important that you fill out the online application form as fully and completely as you can in order to make a valid application and in order to best make your case for a place.

What happens after that? Following the closing date Institute of Technology Carlow will process the applications. Applicants may be shortlisted on the basis of the evidence in the application and any further supporting documents supplied. It is therefore important that you complete the online application form accurately and fully and supply scanned copies of supporting documentation as below.

Shortlisted candidates may be called for a brief interview. Successful candidates will get an offer of a place by e-mail and courses will begin in September. Further detailed information will be supplied during the application/offer process.

Supporting Documentation
Entry requirements for courses are set out in the course description on www.springboardcourses.ie - these entry requirements will require you to supply evidence of your previous education and qualifications. It is important that you support your application with electronic/scanned copies of supporting documents – where required - such as:

• An up-to-date CV
• Scanned copies of all of your official educational qualification parchments
• Scanned copies of all of your official educational transcripts clearing showing the results you achieved in each subject/module.
• Scanned copies of all of your employment references

Queries can be directed to springboard@itcarlow.ie

Course fee

For employed participants on courses at NFQ Level 7, 8 or 9, 90% of the course fee is paid by the HEA. Participants will be liable for the remaining 10% fee. Fees will be due once a place has been accepted. Level 6 courses are free to all eligible participants.

Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation
Saturday 1st September 2018.

Courses Commence
Monday 10th September 2018.

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