Certificate in Business & Digital Skills

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps
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Certificate in Business and Digital Skills

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Overview

The Certificate in Business and Digital Skills (Level 6, 30 ECTS) will equip learners with practical skills and knowledge in core areas of business. Through the unique combination of modules, learners will explore organisational behaviour (theory and skills applied to a variety of industry settings), acquire digital skills (necessary to a modern business environment) and develop an understanding of the importance of marketing communications in the promotion and future sustainability of a business. Through this programme, learners will acquire work-aligned skills that will prepare them for the challenges posed by the dynamic nature of the modern business environment, enabling them to make an effective contribution to the resolution of business problems. On completion of this programme, learners will possess knowledge in these core areas of business, and acquire key digital and business skills necessary to working successfully in a modern business environment.

Future Jobs Ireland 2019 emphasises the current shift in Ireland’s future workforce and notes that they will, in the coming decades, predominantly require cognitive, social and emotional skills. Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025 echoes this statement, highlighting the “increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the world of work… [which] overlaps in the skills required across different sectors and occupations”. Thus, acquiring the core competencies of numeracy, literacy and digital technologies are becoming ever more crucial across all sectors of industry in Ireland. Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025 further stresses technology as "one of the key drivers of change”, whereby a workforce with business skills will be vital, not only in higher-end professional jobs but, more widely, as a basic core competence. Insofar as we are equipped with these competencies, our workforce will underpin Ireland as a “global differentiator”. Fundamental to this shift will be the widespread availability of high-quality education and training, according to Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025. Future Jobs 2019 echoes this statement reporting.

This current demand not only reflects the vibrancy of the Irish market, but also echoes the Higher Education Authority’s Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018, which states that eighty per cent of recent graduates of colleges in Ireland are currently employed or about to begin employment. To quote Gerard Brady, a senior economist at the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC): “Firms are competing for the best graduates … they are crying out for skilled … graduates…soft skills are rising in importance: they want people who can show communication and leadership skills.” Encouragingly, research among other industry stakeholders has indicated the importance of a range of both hard and soft skills. Nine out of twelve respondents specifically emphasised a proficient understanding of core IT skills as essential to any business graduate. Excel and PowerPoint were noted as of particular importance. As stressed by a Senior Media Rights Manager at CAA Eleven Sports Marketing, “any graduate nowadays must be efficient in Excel and PPT, especially Excel… the level of IT knowledge demanded is very high.” Furthermore, a Senior Product Consultant at Aon recommends “a good solid understanding of all elements of Microsoft Office”. Digital communication tools are also stressed by an International Sales Manager at Infront Sports, mentions that any potential graduate would have to “be aware of how to use all IT communications packages, like Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc…”. A core understanding of business administration was further highlighted as fundamental to business graduates. According to the Head of Risk and Compliance at Facebook Payments International, “a business degree is important to get that all-roundedness in terms of business knowledge”. And according to the Senior Product Consultant at Aon, “a good basic knowledge across all business subjects is important”, while another recommends “a wide business foundation”. Next to the rudiments of business administration and sold IT competency, all of the industry professionals outlined a “proficiency in softs skills' ' as vital to the business graduate. This included adaptability, holistic thinking, ability to optimise processes, emotional intelligence, listening skills, communication skills, teamwork, time management skills, ability to prioritise. As an Executive Assistant to the CEO, Web3 Foundation, stated “…we would be more likely to hire for ‘cultural’ fit, i.e., a fresh graduate with motivation and curiosity.”

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme, applicants must hold a full Level 5 NFQ aware or equivalent in any discipline.

Mature students over the age 23, on the year of admission to the programme are also eligible to apply and will be assessed on the basis of age, work experience and previous learning.

For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE, Duolingo or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants who do not have a Level 6 qualification may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.


Timetable

View provisional timetable here.










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Course Content


Modules within this programme include:

  • Organisational Behaviour, 10 ECTS

  • Applied Digital Skills for Business, 10 ECTS

  • Contemporary Marketing Communications, 10 ECTS

Through this programme, learners will acquire work-aligned skills that will prepare them for the challenges posed by the dynamic nature of the modern business environment, enabling them to make an effective contribution to the resolution of business problems. On completion of this programme, learners will possess knowledge in these core areas of business, and acquire key digital and business skills necessary to working successfully in a modern business environment.











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Structure


Typically, students will attend classes on two evenings per week from 6:15pm to 9:30pm. Calendars for this programme will be available in due course.


Timetable

View provisional timetable here.















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Career Opportunities


A range of employment opportunities is possible in areas such as business, marketing, sales, operations, data administration, people development. Due to the broad spectrum of career opportunities for business and digital skills we identified employment opportunities which require a mix of knowledge and practical skills that learners will acquire throughout the programme. Additionally, we mapped the required skill sets against the modules. In this way, the micro credential programme offers consolidated and emphasised focus on digital business skills fully integrated with personal plus an in-depth knowledge of marketing, communications and the key aspect of people management and professional skills development which were identified as more important than qualifications per se (Making Sense of Qualifications Report, QQI 2019).

According to Indeed (February, 2021), there are over 1600 jobs in digital business in Dublin and over 2000 jobs in Ireland.

Upon completion of the programme, graduates would typically take up roles as:

  • Digital Business Assistant

  • Digital Marketing Officer

  • Marketing Generalist

  • Marketing Assistant

  • Marketing Communications Coordinator

  • Account Manager

  • Business Development Officer

  • Business Intelligence Officer

  • People Development Lead

  • Communications Assistant

  • Support Manager

  • Digital Development Representative

  • Account Specialist

DBS fully recognises the importance of job readiness to the Springboard+ participants and has put in place since 2013 an integrated and comprehensive Personal and Professional Development Service titled Jump Start Your Career.

This intensive programme covers every aspect of the job hunting process and has greatly assisted Springboard+ participants with their job search activities and preparation for employment. All initiatives under the programme focus on facilitating the transition from higher education to employment. 

A suite of careers motivation, self-confidence and job ready workshops will be delivered and timetabled for students. Additional sessions will be scheduled to include:

  • CV Preparation, Interview Skills & Techniques & Job searching tools

  • One-to-One sessions

  • Individual coaching & feedback, Review of experience and progress & Candidate/Employment matching process

Out of hours one-to-one consultations, with evening appointments, will also be offered to programme participants who are unable to attend during the day.

DBS will offer strong assessment processes and feedback tools to assist in one-to-one sessions in training on behavioural competencies style, career match aptitudes that will enhance significantly the career guidance, personal development, employer engagement and interview skills in order to maximise the work placement and employment opportunities.

Significant emphasis will be placed on building communication and interpersonal confidence and skills to demonstrate own value to employer.  Each participant will have access to a careers coach/mentor to support the candidate/placement matching and placement process with potential employers.

DBS also provides extensive networking opportunities for Springboard students and liaises with external partners to enhance career progression for its learners. 

DBS has extensive engagement with industry and in addition to companies who have pledged interests of placements.  It has over 1,150 employers on its database and active engagement with 2,727 DBS Alumni all of whom are being contacted to offer work experience opportunities to Springboard+ students. 









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Eligibility

People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the 2021/22 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements).  

Note: For Stamp 4 holders or Stamp 4 EU FAM, residency will be calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.  

Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration.

  • People in Employment

    Under the Springboard+ 2021/22 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. 

    The applicant must also meet the nationality/visa requirements and residency criteria, i.e. they must be able to demonstrate that they have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.  Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees.  Should your employer be paying your fees, please contact us and we can forward you a company sponsorship form in order to invoice to your employer.

    PROOF OF EMPLOYMENT DOCUMENTATION:

    A copy of a most recent payslip or an up to date employment letter.

    Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.

  • Returners

    Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, have previous history of employment but may require upskilling or reskilling to transition back to the workforce.  Applicants must have been a homemaker or on other caring duties or economically dependent on a partner or spouse for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months.

    PROOF OF RETURNER DOCUMENTATION:

    Applicants must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to their status.  A form to complete this process is available here.

    It should be noted that acceptance onto a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.

    Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.

     

  • The Unemployed

    Applicants must be in receipt of any of the following social welfare payments:

    Please Note:  Those signing for social insurance contribution credits are also eligible to apply.

    PROOF OF UNEMPLOYED DOCUMENTATION:

    Most recent copy receipt of payment of any of the above categories.

    OR

    A letter from DEASP to confirm the type of payment you are currently in receipt of.

    Please Note:

    There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. 

    Participants in receipt of one of the above payments at the time the Springboard+ course commences are eligible to apply for a place on that course.  However, providers will be required to give priority to applications from people who are long-term unemployed.

    Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.

  • Self-Employed

    Self-employed applicants are eligible to apply.

    PROOF OF SELF-EMPLOYED DOCUMENTATION:

    A letter from their accountant or relevant documentation from Revenue showing that they are self-employed in Ireland would suffice

    Fees: The fee for the Certificate in Business Digital Skills is €2,400, of which you pay 10% = €240

  • Previously Self-Employed and actively seeking employment

    People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús 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.

    PROOF OF PREVIOUSLY SELF-EMPLOYED DOCUMENTATION:

    A letter/statement from Revenue confirming that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant.

    Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.

  • Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)

  • Jobseekers Benefit

  • Jobseekers Allowance

  • One Parent Family

  • Disability Allowance

  • Qualified Adults of Working Age

  • Carers Allowance

  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist

  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension

  • Blind Pension

  • Deserted Wives Allowance 

     

Applicants in receipt of this payment are eligible to apply for this programme. It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant in receipt of a PUP payment to discuss retaining a DEASP payment with their case officer in their local INTREO office when their offer is accepted and before they complete first registration for the course through www.springboardcourses.ie

PROOF OF PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT PAYMENT:

Proof of most recent payment

OR

A copy of a bank statement showing receipt of payments will suffice.  If this is provided, please ensure you redact your account number, BIC and IBAN but your name should remain visible.

NOTE: If your eligibility status changes prior to commencing the course, you will need to contact the admissions office to assess are you still eligible to enrol on the programme. Failure to do this may result in you losing your place on the programme.


Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website. Please note that the documentation supporting the applicants status will be required as part of the application process. Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.

The following documents are required by DBS as part of the application process. When you apply through the Springboard+ website, a member of the DBS Admissions Team will be in touch in relation to requesting the following documents:

  • Academic Transcripts of results (this is a breakdown of each year, all the modules studied and all results achieved). If these transcripts are in a language other than English, we will require the originals together with official translated copies.

  • Proof of ID - Driver's Licence of Passport.

  • Proof of residency for all applicants for three of the last five years. This can be revenue documents, letter from DEASP office or letter from previous or current employer.

  • For Non-EU Applicants currently residing in Ireland, a copy of your Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Card or proof of residency is required to demonstrate that you have been residing in the EU for three of the last five years.

  • For applicants who do not hold the required qualification and are applying through APEL (Approved Prior Experiential Learning), a recently updated and detailed CV is required with education and work experience to date. In addition, a personal statement is required outlining your reasons for applying for the course and why you would be a suitable candidate. This should be in the format of a word document and have between 500 and 700 words.

  • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language Test such as IELTS, Cambridge, PTE, Duolingo, or DBS English Placement Test. Test certificates must be dated within the last two years.













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Next Steps

Apply online via the Springboard portal here.

Corporate Services

Did you know? DBS now can meet with you and your company to discuss the Springboard+ Government funded programmes, to see if it could work as a learning & development solution for your organisation.

This is ideal for any size organisation in any industry based in Dublin and the surrounding counties, that may want to invest in employees' professional development.

For more information on this new service or to arrange a meeting, please contact our Corporate Services Team on [email protected] or by telephone 01 417 7500.









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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW
2021 / 2022
Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

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Duration: 1 Academic Year  
Study Mode: 
Part-time / 2 evenings per week
Course Commencement Date:
September 2021
Award Level: Level 6
ECTS Credits:
30





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