New Further Education and Training Centre of Excellence to be developed in Cavan under Border Enterprise Development Fund
A new Further Education and Training Centre of Excellence in Supply Chain Logistics and Procurement supporting business transformation and workforce skills will be developed in Cavan to support the North East region and nationally. This project is part of a €3 million investment for local projects under the Border Enterprise Development Fund, an economic stimulus package established for the border region.
Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation officially announced the project with Cavan Monaghan ETB this week.
The new training Centre, which will be located at CMETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Campus in Cavan, will focus on areas such as robotics, 3D Printing, Internet of Things, Blockchain Technology, Big Data Analytics and Drone Technology.
The centre will incorporate eight industry 4.0 training labs and workshops, four classrooms, an administration office, a boardroom and conference facility, three meeting rooms, utilities rooms and a reception area.
Minister Humphreys said the funding is designed to drive economic activity in the region as well as ensure that businesses have additional support in mitigating the impact of Brexit. However, she stated too that the funding is “even more important now” in the context of COVID-19, “which has posed additional challenges for businesses.”
The announcement of the new project followed application submitted by Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) who engaged project partners from leading organisations; LMETB, FIT, IMR, Socrates Solutions, Siemens, Accenture and Cavan Digital Hub, who possess the knowledge, expertise and experience to advise and support CMETB in the establishment, management and governance of the new Further Education Training Centre of Excellence in Supply Chain, Logistics & Procurement.
The project partners will advise, support and oversee the design, development, planning implementation and delivery of the Centre of Excellence. Operational Management Team (OMT) nominees representing the organisations, listed will oversee the development and implementation of the project under the chairmanship of CMETB Chief Executive John Kearney. The Chief Executive will be responsible for appointing staff to the day-today management and implementation of the project and the delivery of programmes, quality assurance and governance of the facility.
The project is a direct response to current industry requirements and emerging skills needs in the region, with a vision to positively impact the region’s competitiveness, job security and employment growth. John Kearney, CMETB Chief Executive, said: “The announcement comes at a crucial time where we anticipate the project will have significant economic impact on the region with direct job creation and job retention, addressing cross-sector needs and bringing new innovative skills and workforce development to the area. We consider the establishment of the Further Education Training Centre of Excellence in Supply Chain, Logistics and Procurement as not just timely but critical in the unprecedented global national and global circumstances in which we find ourselves.”