Skills old

Engineering the South East work closely with our regional educators in order to develop programmes for skills shortages highlighted by industry. We have a range of courses which the cluster companies have been instrumental in developing and others which are currently in the pipeline.

If you have a specific skills need please contact us to discuss what options are available to you and your staff.

Programme Development

Certificate in Engineering Level 4

Certificate in Engineering – City & Guilds Level 2 (equivalent to L4 QQI)

3 Mandatory Modules

  • Working in Engineering (Ref 201- 7 credits)
  • Principles of Engineering Technology (Ref 202- 7 credits)
  • Principles of Manufacturing Technology (Ref 253- 7 credits)

4 Optional Modules

  • Machining components using milling techniques (Ref 204 – 7 credits)
  • Machining components using turning techniques (Ref 205 – 7 credits)
  • Using Bench Fitting Techniques (Ref 206- 7 credits)
  • Using Computer Aided Manufacturing Processes (Ref 207- 7 credits)

Certificate: minimum of 35 credits (3+2)
Diploma: minimum of 42 credits (3+3)

Candidates requiring improved digital literacy strongly encouraged to do ETB EXPLORE Initiative for Digital Skills first (Six weeks part time, mostly delivered on site).

Target Audience: General operatives willing & interested to get a qualification & progress.

Certificate in Manufacturing & Engineering Level 4

Delivered in partnership with Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB)

The aim of this programme is to provide graduates with core skills and competency in mechanical 3D design, quality control, materials and finishing techniques, CNC machine programming and Additive Manufacturing (AM).

The graduates will also develop report writing and presentation skills as part of their applied work-based project, which will incorporate the application of their learning to their role within the company.

This programme is delivered through hands-on training for a range of manufacturing processes. The programme has been designed for students with all levels of industry experience and candidates can apply for entry via the Institutes process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

The programme will provide the engineering knowledge behind each of manufacturing processes, allowing for greater operator input into the manufacturing workflow.

This programme supports experienced operators withcore mechanical engineering skills and provides a pathway for future education and academic advancement.

Certificate in Innovative Materials for Industry Level 9

This Certificate in Innovative Materials for Industry 4.0 received funding under the Government’s Human Capital Initiative: Pillar 3 initiative and will be delivered as a partnership between Institute of Technology Carlow and Dublin City University and in close collaboration with our industry partners.

This exciting new Level 9, 30 credit programme includes 4 modules which can be applied for individually as standalone micro-credentials and include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing for Industry 4.0 (5 Credits) – Delivered by DCU
  • Materials Selection in Sustainable Engineering Design (5 credits) – Delivered by IT Carlow
  • Post Processing for Smart Industry (5 credits) – Delivered by IT Carlow
  • Data Analysis for Advanced Manufacturing (5 credits) – Delivered by DCU

AMASE (Additive Manufacturing Advancing the South East)

The Waterford Institute of Technology led AMASE (Additive Manufacturing Advancing the South-East) project has received over €2m in funding under the Government’s Human Capital Initiative: Pillar 3.

As part of this initiative WIT in partnership with Institute of Technology Carlow and in close collaboration with our industrial partners are developing a PROPOSED NEW BSc in Additive Manufacturing (60 credits at level 7) along with an integral suite of PROPOSED NEW 10-credit Certificates in:

  • Introduction to Additive Manufacturing
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing Health & Safety and Regulatory Affairs
  • Additive Manufacturing Lab Technologies & Post Processing

These proposed new courses are all currently subject to a validation process within WIT. Only following successful completion of the validation process would they be opened for applications.

In the Pipeline

MV / HV Technician

Industry feedback suggests that there is a huge demand in the country for Industrial Electricians with practical skills in the area of medium and high voltage installation and equipment

Engineering the South East is working with the South East Regional Skills Forum, the IoT’s and a number of companies who are providing services in this area. The long-term objective will be to create an innovative new skills programme that will provide a structured progression path for candidates to progress initially to technician level but will also facilitate progression to Senior Authorised Person and Commissioning Engineer levels.

Companies involved to date:

  1. Suir Engineering
  2. Jones Engineering
  3. King & Moffatt
  4. Designer Group

Quality Engineering / Technician

Quality Engineering is another area that has been identified as having a gap in the market. Many individuals are currently working in Quality Engineering positions without formal qualification. There is a huge desire from these individuals and their employers to resolve this issue.

The demand is from a large range of company types within the engineering sector and the aim is to create a regionally based, part-time Level 8 qualification in this discipline.

Member companies engaged in this project are:

  1. Integer
  2. Boston Scientific
  3. Keltech
  4. Carten Controls
  5. Jabil
  6. Burnside
  7. Ball
  8. Repligen
  9. Shivo
  10. Tanco
  11. Sanofi
  12. Smartply

Higher & Further Education

Engineering the South East is a joint initiative that leverages the services of the regions knowledge providers.

These knowledge providers can be separated into the areas of Higher Education and Further Education

Higher Education

  • Levels 6, 7 , 8, 9 & 10
  • PHD’s
  • Masters
  • Honours Degrees
  • Ordinary Degrees
  • Diplomas
  • Higher Certificates

Higher Education knowledge providers:

The Institute of Technology Carlow

Waterford Institute of Technology

Further Education

  • Levels 5 & 6
  • Full time accredited programmes
  • Post Leaving Certificate courses (PLC’s)
  • Many lead to further third level studies

Higher Education knowledge providers:

Carlow & Kilkenny Training Board

Waterford & Wexford Training Board

Tipperary Training Board

Lifelong Learning & Extended Campus

The Lifelong Learning Programme provides opportunities for adults to upgrade their skills and qualifications in line with current trends.

The national Springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education can be accessed via the Lifelong Learning offices. Springboard offers free and subsidised courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

Many of these courses are tailored specifically for the engineering sector.


Engineering Skillnet works closely with engineering companies to identify skills needs and design bespoke programmes to meet them.

The courses offered by Engineering Skillnet are designed to serve a broad range of markets including automotive, aviation, energy and environment, construction, agriculture as well as core elements of the sub supply sectors including machinery, equipment, paper, printing and fabricated products. Engineering Skillnet is free to join for any business in the Irish engineering sector and members receive up to 37% off training courses.


Engineering the South East recognises the importance of the Apprenticeship system to our regions Engineering ecosystem. Many of our member companies have made it clear that it is an area where there is particular capacity for the cluster to influence the national protocol.

The Benefits of the Apprentice model
  • NFQ Levels 5 – 10
  • Earn while you learn
  • Structured and Accredited Programme
  • Alternates workplace learning with learning in and education/training centre
  • Student employed under a formal contract

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Apprenticeship Event

Engineering the South East recently held a live event to highlight the importance of apprenticeships. The event showcased 5 of our regions engineering companies who opened their doors and allowed us to perform in depth interviews with both their management teams and their young apprentices.

This allowed us to create some strong video content that can be used by any of our member companies who are looking to promote apprenticeships for their businesses.

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