The School of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, in partnership with companies in the region, have developed a scholarship programme for CAO applicants in the areas of food, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, civil engineering, energy and the built environment. Current leaving certificate students who are interested in pursuing a STEM programme at IT, Tralee are eligible to apply. The scholarship programme is worth €1000 each year for the duration of the programme.
“Inspiring young people to pursue degrees in STEM is crucial for securing the future of Ireland’s economy” said Dr. Joseph Walsh Head of the School of STEM.” We have created a number of strong partnerships between industry and businesses to bring a comprehensive approach to STEM engineering education. Our collaborative efforts with organizations such as Dairymaster, Lee Strand, Borgwarner Beru Systems, Kostal, Liebherr, Malachy Walsh & Partners, Kerry County Council, Griffin Brothers, Costello Building Contractors, Ardfert Quarries, Moriarty Civil Engineering Contractors and Astellas will help drive the future of the STEM workforce. I would also like to express the Institute’s appreciation to each of these companies for their generous financial support of this scholarship scheme. ”
The scholarship scheme is available to current CAO applicants. Applications for the scholarship programme is now open and application forms can be downloaded from the IT, Tralee website. The closing date for applications is Friday June 27th. Interviews will take place on Thursday July 3rd 2014. The successful scholarship applicants may avail of the CAO change of mind facility up to July 1st.
National trends clearly indicate that the STEM sector is undergoing a significant resurgence as evidenced by the recent growth of STEM related jobs. This makes the scholarship programme event more relevant to the region, according to Dr. Edmond Harty, CEO and Technical Director of Dairymaster. “The ability of this country to research, design and develop innovative manufacturing technologies is critical in our ability to trade successful both at home and abroad. We are reaching out to talented young people in the region to help them secure a viable future with a technology-based education. This initiative that the industry in the region have embarked upon with the IT, Tralee to attract CAO applicants to engineering technology related programmes is an excellent collaborative effort and will yield real benefits to the graduate pool of STEM experts in the region in the coming years.”
For further details, please contact Dr. Brendan O’Donnell, Head of Department in STEM at 066 71 44170 / (Brendan.ODonnell@staff.ittralee.ie)