What happened in 2020 was unprecedented: one of the truly bright lights over the last year has been the emergence of digital technology as an enabler for some degree of normality to be retained in our lives, whether through working remotely, staying connected, or even shopping online. Now more than ever as we head into Europe’s Digital Decade, we need to meet the demand for ICT professionals to sustain our recovery.
In this webinar the Irish Computer Society (ICS) and the Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth University's digital transformation research centre will discuss the importance of professionalising technology-related careers, and how developing future skills will build capability to empower businesses towards a more prosperous digital future for us all.
Mary Cleary, Secretary General, Irish Computer Society
Mary oversees ICT professionalism and digital inclusion policy and initiatives for ICS, coordinating the Irish Digital Jobs and Skills Coalition and advising the ICS CIO Forum on professionalism and Continuous Professional Development for all domains, with particular emphasis on eHealth. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, and has extensive experience of ICT professional programme design and implementation. She has worked on several national education initiatives, promoting ICT as a teaching and learning tool. She manages education outreach initiatives, as well as the professional and advocacy activities of HISI (Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland), and the delivery of 4 national conferences annually. She is a delegate to the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) ICT SCC, and a committee member of the Irish Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN).
Michael Hanley, Head of Innovation & Training Programmes, IVI
Head of Education for the Innovation Value Institute (IVI), Maynooth University’s digital transformation research centre.
Michael directs the design, development, and deployment of IVI’s Education, Professional Training, and Certification Programmes. An expert in workplace learning, he’s studying for a Doctorate in Education Leadership.
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