1,300 New Entrants to the Institute of Technology, Tralee this September

1,300 New Entrants to the IT, Tralee Sept 2011 The Institute of Technology, Tralee will welcome over 1,300 new students this September, the largest intake since the college opened. These students will commence programmes at the Institute through CAO and Springboard pathways and also through the FETAC linked and advanced progression routes.

1,000 of the students are Irish based with approximately 300 of the students coming primarily from colleges and partner institutions in the EU, the Middle East, China and Nigeria. This intake augurs well for the Institute as it continues to develop a range of programmes in niche areas such as health and leisure, wildlife biology, renewable energy, music technology, TV/Radio/New Media, software and games development. The development of programmes in specialist areas is a strategy that the Institute has prioritised in an effort to attract student numbers and differentiate the Institute from other third level providers.

“Over the last number of years, the Institute of Technology Tralee in collaboration with various stakeholders have prioritised a programme development strategy focused on niche areas where graduates will emerge with specific skills responding to needs of employers in the region. This suite of specialist programmes combined with our programmes in business, science and engineering ensures we have an appropriate programme offering for potential students. The number of entrants via the CAO should reflect the same level of intake as last year, but overall our level of new entrants will increase due to a larger cohort of international students and students completing programmes under Springboard” stated Dr. Michael Hall, Institute Registrar.

Springboard is a scheme targeted at those who were previously working but lost their jobs or were made redundant and who, with some upskilling, could fill current or future job shortages. A total of 9 part-time courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, all validated on the National Framework of Qualifications (levels 6 – 9) are also being delivered by the ITT this September. A number of students who completed their Springboard programme in the last academic year will now commence a full-time course at the ITT this September.

The Institute has also introduced a new online initiative for this year’s CAO entrants providing a comprehensive guide to the most frequently asked questions available at

FAQ LINK: http://www.ittralee.ie/en/InformationAbout/1stYearRegistrationFrequentlyAskedQuestions/

Places are still available through the CAO for three programmes at the ITT this September – the Higher Certificate in Arts in Hospitality Studies, the Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and the Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering. Those interested in applying for these programmes should do so via the CAO before 5pm Tuesday August 30th 2011.