€1.5 million funding for IT Tralee

Simon Brouder

Two funding packages worth almost €1.5 million have been allocated to Institute of Technology Tralee to provide over 470 Springboard places and to improve facilities for apprentices at the college.

Institute of Technology Tralee has secured over €1.16 million in funding and 472 places under the Government's Springboard initiative for the next academic year.

Springboard courses are designed and offered to meet the needs of employers in sectors with a shortfall in suitably trained staff.

In total, IT Tralee offers 16 programmes through its Life Long Learning Department, as part of its Springboard+ offering.

Courses offered at IT Tralee under the Springboard programme include Food and Beverage Operations; Building Information Modelling; Digital Marketing; Validation, Biopharmaceutical Processing; Industrial Instrumentation and Automation; Mechatronics; Quality Management; and Culinary Skills.

IT Tralee has announced seven new programmes for September 2019 including Certificate-level programmes in Applied Computing; Artificial Intelligence; Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things; Development Operations and Lean UX.

"The Springboard+ initiative offers free, part-time courses leading to qualifications that are in demand among employers. Many courses focus on future-proofing the skills of people already in employment, particularly in roles that may be impacted by digitalisation. For the past decade, ITT has worked with over 2,000 Springboard students, resulting in many Springboard graduates now pursuing rewarding and challenging careers," said ITT Vice President Brid McElligott.

Meanwhile €300,000 in funding has been allocated to ITT by the Department of Education as part of a nationwide funding programme to modernise of equipment for craft apprenticeships.

ITT will receive €200,000 for its carpentry apprenticeship and €100,000 for its machine shops course.