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Cobotics Skillnet has announced the launch of two new programmes in association with Atlantic Technological University (ATU) and Skillnet Ireland which will address the skills need of Irish manufacturing companies in transitioning from manual to automated processes.

The first programme, a Higher Diploma in Engineering in Automation and Digital Manufacturing, is targeted at employees who want to upskill or cross-skill into the areas of automation, robotics, and digital manufacturing. The one-year programme will provide students with the knowledge of robotic automation, advanced manufacturing and vision systems.

The second programme, a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Automation, Robotics and Digital Manufacturing is aimed at employees that want to continue their progression in advanced manufacturing.

Developed by Irish-based manufacturers

Speaking at the launch event at Trane Technologies manufacturing facility in Galway, Dermot O’Neill, Network Manager, Cobotics Skillnet said: “The Higher Diploma is a unique programme in this country as it will give individuals the opportunity to transition into the advanced manufacturing and robotics sector. This addresses the immediate need to develop in-house talent as indicated by 16 Irish based manufacturing companies who were involved in the design and development of the programmes, and so it is fitting that our launch in Galway coincides with the West Regional Skills Forum.”

Welcoming the impact the programmes will have for businesses, Tracey Donnery, Director of Policy and Communications, Skillnet Ireland commented: “Skillnet Ireland’s industry-led model is helping the advanced manufacturing sector to develop the talent needed to accelerate digitalisation. Talent is a key driver for foreign direct investment and innovation, and these new accredited programmes in robotics from Cobotics Skillnet will help companies deploy their automation strategies, enabling them to remain competitive on the global stage.”

Partnership approach

With both programmes commencing in September at ATU, the University’s Head of Transcend, Dr Carine Gachon, said: “We are delighted to offer these programmes and are looking forward to the first intake of students for these programmes in September.”

According to Dr Gachon: “The partnership approach taken in developing these programmes, working with Cobotics Skillnet, is essential for delivering programmes that match the needs of modern engineering, advanced manufacturing and robotics”.

Talent pipeline

Boston Scientific Ireland, one of the companies attending the launch, noted the significance of the two programmes to the region and nationally.

Neville Howard, Senior Engineering Supervisor, Boston Scientific Ireland, said: “Our company was delighted to take part in the launch of the Bachelors and Higher Diploma. We are excited about the development of these highly relevant and significant programmes in the fields of automation, robotics and digital manufacturing. Securing talent in this area is vital for our company and our future competitiveness. The programmes developed by Cobotics Skillnet and ATU will ensure a highly valued talent pipeline in the region and nationally for our company.”

The new programmes launched in Galway demonstrate the importance of collaboration in driving talent development. Resulting from the partnership between Cobotics Skillnet companies in the advanced manufacturing sector, ASU and the Regional Skills Forum West, these programmes in automation, robotics and digital manufacturing will enable companies to transform and future-proof their businesses and help workers to further develop their career in robotics.

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