CCI in CYBER-SKILLS project to create cybersecurity learning resources for the financial services sector
Under the Higher Education Authority's Human Capital Initiative, the CYBER-SKILLS project was awarded €8.1 million in funding to address the skill shortages in the cybersecurity sector. Currently, there is a global shortage of cybersecurity professionals and CYBER-SKILLS has been designed to enhance Ireland's competitiveness in this context. Mindful of the needs of enterprise for accessible and relevant education, the project will develop a range of micro-credentials that can be used as building blocks for CPD or more formal qualifications. To obtain maximum value and addressing a wide range of business sector needs, the project will deploy the concept of Reusable Learning Objects - digital resources of varying levels of granularity that can be used and remixed dynamically to provide customised learning experiences and learning paths. The project will be coordinated across five higher education institutions, namely, UCD, CIT, IT Tralee, University of Limerick and Technological University Dublin. Due to its long-standing relationship with the financial services sector, UCD CCI will focus its efforts on developing learning resources for this specific group. UCD CCI will be supported in this endeavour by its banking partners, Allied Irish Bank, Barclays PLC and the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland.
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Background to the Higher Education Authority’s Human Capital Initiative
The project is funded under the HCI Pillar 3, Innovation and Agility, which has a budget of €197 million over the 5-year period, 2020 to 2024, for 22 projects in higher education institutions, 17 of which involve collaborations between institutions. The primary objective of the HCI is building capacity to meet priority skill needs for Irish enterprises, society and the economy. The projects approved under HCI Pillar 3 were selected by a panel of experts with national and international expertise following a competitive tendering process.