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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Accelerating Development of Best Business Start-Up
    business to contract manufacture and develop products for the pharma and cosmetics industry including Laclede s unique range of oral care products called Bioténe In 2007 Europharma Concepts became a participant start up on AIT s Midlands West Enterprise Programme Based in the Midlands Innovation and Research Centre MIRC at AIT the MWEP is a business development programme run in partnership with Enterprise Ireland which accelerates the development of knowledgebased start ups through business skills development mentoring business support and access to the resources of AIT and Enterprise Ireland Europharma also collaborated with the Materials Research Institute MRI at AIT in 2008 In 2007 Europharma secured an exclusive ten year manufacturing contract with Laclede to supply their Bioténe products to the Irish and EU markets and also secured High Potential Start Up HPSU funding from Enterprise Ireland Production commenced at a premises in Clara Co Offaly In 2008 Europharma embarked on an extensive R D programme focused on developing new products to incorporate novel enzyme technologies including a collaboration with the MRI at AIT focused on investigating the physico chemical properties of sample products At its state of the art plant in Offaly Europharma has a fully automated manufacturing process which has been granted ISO accreditation The facility enables Europharma to carry out research from idea stage to batch manufacturing stage Products are supplied to markets across Europe through a network of distributors Europharma currently employs 40 people in the Midlands and exports over 95 of its products to the EU In March 2010 Europharma won Best Business Start Up in Ireland in the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards Testimonials As a start up company the MWEP at AIT provided us with the support necessary to transform our business idea into a successful business In addition to mentoring training and

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Long Term Cell Storage for Drug Research
    benefits for clients companies due to the potential reduction in the overall number of animals used in research and development Established in 2009 the Ion Channel Biotechnology Centre ICBC is the commercialisation arm of the Smooth Muscle Research Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology DKIT As an industry engaged centre the ICBC works on many collaborative projects with national and international companies and research institutes The capabilities of the ICBC include laboratory facilities for electrophysiology confocal microscopy intracellular ion imaging whole tissue set ups tension measuring and equipment to enable intracellular electrode recordings The research interests of the ICBC are focused on ion channels and their role in the physiological function of cells which can be indicative of the overall health of cells and tissues Biostór Ireland engaged the ICBC to identify methods to improve the longer term storage of primary cells for direct supply to industrial customers The ICBC conducted analysis using confocal microscopy and electrophysiology techniques on the viability of cells that had been stored in a variety of conditions The results of these analyses were reported to the company As the initial findings looked promising the ICBC and Biostor Ireland are continuing to collaborate to fully investigate the challenges and feasibility of producing this product in a commercially viable way This research was supported by Enterprise Ireland initially through an Innovation Voucher project and subsequently through an Innovation Partnership project Testimonials From start to finish it has been a pleasure working with the group at ICBC Their approach and follow up throughout the project was exceptional and the work was completed within a short time frame We could badly do with a lot more places like ICBC DkIT and there are many 3rd level institutes in the country that could benefit greatly from their professionalism The result

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the Workplace
    and support to all learners completing portfolios Before this novel initiative could be promoted to employers and employees LYIT had to ensure its RPL methodologies were professionally developed and aligned to international best practices This involved developing an RPL policy that was approved by LYIT s Academic Council designing RPL training materials for learners delivering RPL training sessions to staff at LYIT preparing RPL assignments and assessment tools To promote the RPL initiative a well planned marketing campaign was undertaken which combined direct marketing attending education fairs visiting and presenting information sessions to larger companies and representative groups including IBEC Skillnets Chambers of Commerce Trade And Industry Associations hosting public information and training sessions held at LYIT and via local media The RPL initiative at LYIT proved very popular with more than 350 portfolios submitted during the first 3 years This was the first experience of Higher Education for the majority of these learners and a significant number have decided to continue their studies at LYIT LYIT has progressed from offering single subject certificates for learning acquired in the workplace to jointly developing and delivering customised accredited programmes at levels 6 7 8 and 9 of the National Qualifications Framework with numerous local regional and national employers These programmes have significant RPL and Work Based Learning components making them more attractive to both employers and employees Testimonials I am currently completing a Higher Certificate in IT Support through LYIT which will allow me to apply for positions that become available in the QA and Development departments The RPL initiative allowed me to produce RPL portfolios in my own time without having to attend classes RPL was definitely one of the key attractions for me in completing this programme It was great that LYIT recognised the learning and training I obtained

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | IP and Networking Training Programmes
    client companies As the communications industry has moved towards converged technology solutions such as Internet Protocol IP Damovo has engaged with the ICT Learning Network at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown ITB to upskill its engineers in IP and networking solutions The ICT Learning Network is part of the Department of Informatics at ITB Led by Tom Nolan it delivers CCNA CompTIA A and Network programmes to continuing education students and industry In consultation with the company the ICT Learning Network designed a programme that would provide upskilling of Damovo engineers addressing participant requirements while also complying with company objectives and time lines A training needs analysis was carried out with a cross section of employees to identify current knowledge of IP and network technologies within the organisation The programme was designed to minimise the impact on business operations and also to reflect variation in expertise or responsibilities across the participating group Between 4 and 7 days of training was provided All participants undertook CompTIA Network certification examinations at ITB after which a 75 pass rate was achieved across the company The success of this employee training programme has allowed Damovo Ireland to establish a baseline level of competence in Network and has resulted in an improved capability and cross functionality of staff Most participants have achieved a recognised qualification as well as an improved knowledge of IP and networking that they apply in their day to day responsibilities Overall company performance has improved as illustrated by a decrease in the number of escalations from first line support as a result of improved troubleshooting at the first line Testimonials I cannot overstate the commitment dedication and professionalism of ITB they were brilliant and certainly made our role at Damovo easier I would definitely recommend ITB to other organisations and look

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | IT Certification Training Programmes
    the move towards converged technologies Ericsson Academy engaged with the ICT Learning Network at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown ITB to develop and deliver a training programme in Network and CISCO Certificate Network Associate CCNA The ICT Learning Network is based within the Department of Informatics in ITB It specialises in the delivery of programmes to industry such as CCNA CompTIA A and Network Led by manager Tom Nolan the ICT Learning Network liaised with Ericsson to design a bespoke training programme that would help up skill Ericsson employees in IP and other networking technologies The ICT Learning Network tailored the training programme to the specific needs and time frame of the Ericsson Academy and Ericsson employees The programme was delivered in two phases Phase one was a short course in CompTIA Network delivered over 3 6 days of training This was followed by a longer programme of CCNA delivered over 20 weeks Approximately 100 Ericsson employees participated with 93 successfully completing the training The programme was accredited with each completing participant awarded with an industry recognised CCNA qualification at level 6 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications Participants also received 20 academic credits from ITB which can contribute towards a future third level qualification The training programme developed and delivered by The ICT Learning Network has provided significant benefits Ericsson employees have gained expertise in Network and CISCO and have gained an industry recognised qualification For the company this has resulted in improved employee satisfaction and capability which in turn will build on Ericsson s competitive edge in the area of IP technology and training It has also helped academic programmes at ITB to remain closely aligned with industry Testimonials Ericsson found working with ITB an excellent and beneficial experience From the development of the programme to the

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Tourism Learning Networks
    memorable experience Irish tourism supports over 17 000 separate enterprises most of which are SME s or micro enterprises To support these companies Fáilte Ireland established Tourism Learning Networks TLN action orientated network learning environments aimed at developing business capabilities in the tourism industry Since 2006 the School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology WIT has designed and delivered Fáilte Ireland TLN s for the South West and South East Regions A team at WIT s School of Business designed and delivered a twelve month programme that combines interactive workshops e learning residential events themed seminars mentoring and network meetings A Delivery Team based in both regions at WIT and Cork Institute of Technology CIT also works to understand learning requirements and customise the training to individual needs Between 2006 2009 over 540 businesses participated in the TLN programme with 209 graduating with a Level 6 Certificate in Tourism Business Practice awarded by WIT A further 91 participants will graduate in January 2011 Participating businesses gained enhanced managerial competencies and skill sets and benefitted from networking opportunities such as cross referrals cooperative marketing enhanced business practice and connections Representing a unique approach to training for the Tourism and Hospitality sector the TLN has had a wider impact through the larger national network This has helped Fáilte Ireland to achieve its strategic goal of improved small firm competitiveness in Irish tourism Testimonials The relationship between Fáilte Ireland and Waterford Institute of Technology was further strengthened through the collaborative approach adopted by the Institute in the design and delivery of the programme enabling us to bring our expertise in the area of tourism and hospitality capability development to the fore in a structured action oriented practical manner The benefits and commitment of the participating enterprises was recognized through the HETAC Level

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Carrick-On-Suir: Destination Analysis – Planning and Development
    to shop local thereby supporting local jobs The RIKON Group at Waterford Institute of Technology has successfully worked with a number of businesses in the South East region to help them achieve competitiveness In particular the group offers expertise in the area of destination management and marketing and has experience in converting consumer requirements into strategic development proposals The COSBA engaged The RIKON Group to develop a destination planning and development campaign to promote the town as a shopping and tourist destination The association also wished to identify considerations for the future development and planning of the town in particular its retail and business environment The RIKON Group developed a report that presented key information on demographic spending patterns product purchasing trends and customer preferred retail destinations in Carrick On Suir This report indicated a clear need for future development in the town and highlighted avenues for improvements They also developed an online platform for visitors prospective businesses and locals to access information on the town www yourcarrick ie This website provides key information on local businesses as well as events and initiatives in the town to promote Carrick On Suir as a destination As a direct result of the research conducted by The RIKON Group the COSBA launched a massive shop local campaign in an effort to reinforce the importance of shopping locally in these challenging times In addition the development and launch of www yourcarrick ie has showcased the town as a shopping and tourist destination globally Testimonials I can only say that The RIKON Group have exceeded our expectations in all respects They are extremely capable from an academic and a strategic destination development perspective Their ability to identify design and deliver research that is in sync and of high quality while remaining focused in the core

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Stalls Project – An Innovative Approach for Teaching Entrepreneurship
    on the Bachelor of Business in Entrepreneurship programme at the Institute The CoCo Markets held weekly in the People s Park in Dún Laoghaire is an initiative of the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council The markets host dozens of stalls that supply organic and artisan produce and crafts from local farmers growers and producers The market is managed by Ms Jackie Spillane who worked closely with IADT during the development and operation of this innovative project known as the Stalls project The key aim of the Stalls project is to teach business students how to experience live trading and to deal with specific business challenges Groups of IADT business students trade as a micro business at the market over a two week period During this time the groups are required to research and develop a suitable product or service concept They are then expected to acquire and sell the products or services at stalls at the markets Staff from IADT and the CoCo Markets provide mentoring to the students from the inception of their ideas to the completion of the project The students are assessed throughout the process on their abilities in marketing accounting and management This project has been run as part of the academic assessment requirement for the Bachelor of Business in Entrepreneurship programme at IADT for the past five years The success of this project has informed the development of the curriculum for the programme and for the development of the assessment strategy for the programme This project has encouraged staff to explore extending authentic project opportunities with other stakeholders in the community Testimonials The project is a great example of meaningful collaboration between two local public sector organisations the innovative use of public space such as the Markets to enhance the learning environment of third level

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