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Human Capital Initiative

The Human Capital Initiative (HCI), funded by the Government of Ireland, aims to increase capacity in higher education in skills-focused programmes designed to meet priority skills needs. It seeks to promote innovative and responsive models of programme delivery, and to enable the higher education system to respond rapidly to changes in both skills requirements and technology. The Languages for Employability Programme is funded by HCI Pillar 3 (Innovation and Agility).

The key HCI objectives are to:

  • Increase provision in areas of identified skills need
  • Future proof graduates with industry relevant skills for emerging technologies
  • Ensure that there is a greater focus across the whole spectrum of higher education course provision on promoting and embedding transversal skills
  • Incentivise continued reform and innovation in higher education provision building on best practice available nationally and internationally.

Overall, Trinity College secured €21m from the Human Capital Initiative to fund its innovative skills-led teaching initiative, ‘Next Generation Teaching and Learning for the changing needs of society and enterprise’.


‘I enjoyed the consistency of the HCI class materials, they are well laid out and contain a variety of activities and exercises. The group assignments are also very helpful’