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DkIT Launches New Part-Time Course In Cavan Innovation & Technology Centre

02 February 2019

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has today launched a new Certificate in Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) programme in conjunction with the Cavan Innovation & Technology Centre (CITC). 

The 12-week part-time programme aims to equip professionals with the tools and methodologies necessary to transform their businesses by driving new quality improvements and efficiencies within an organisation.

The first evening class commenced on Thursday 31st January 2019 and included participants from a variety of sectors including manufacturing, food production, engineering, business among others. During the course of the programme, participants will be introduced to key principles of the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve & Control) methodology, a data-driven quality strategy for improving processes, and is an integral part of any company's Six Sigma Quality Initiative. 

DkIT currently delivers the Lean Six Certificate programmes across three locations in Cavan including Lakeland Dairies in Killeshandra, Manor Farm in Shercock and now the CITC in Cavan town. At a launch event for the programme in CITC on Thursday evening, DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, Phd, welcomed learners on the programme. He said,

“We are pleased to partner with CITC to deliver this part-time programme. As the leading Institute of Higher Education in the North Leinster-South Ulster region, Cavan is very much part of the region in which we serve. A significant proportion of our students at undergraduate, part-time and postgraduate levels come from Cavan and we look forward to extending our reach in the county. Our aim is to make higher education more accessible the learners in the region and to create new opportunities for people to enhance their skillsets and respond to the evolving workplace by participating in accredited continuous professional development opportunities.”

Vincent Reynolds, Chief Executive of CITC also added,

"Cavan Innovation and Technology is delighted to partner with Dundalk Institute of Technology in making available this timely intervention for Cavan businesses which is being delivered locally in Cavan. In today's challenging environment, the Green Belt certificate training should enable participants to deliver transformational change within their business, particularly in the areas of process improvement and elimination of waste. Dundalk Institute of Technology is a leading provider of this specialised training to companies in the North East Region and beyond."

Also speaking today, Anton Barrett, Head of Lifelong Learning at DkIT added,

“Lean Six Sigma has become one of the most successful approaches to continuous improvement across all industries regardless of size, position in the supply chain or service provided. With the prospect of BREXIT looming, it is essential that businesses drive new efficiencies within their organisation to manage change and deal with instability. The Green Belt training will undoubtedly support this process.”

Sarah Hornby, Quality Manager at Quinn Therm is part of the first intake on this programme. She said:

“I have recently changed jobs and started my current position six months ago. When I was looking for employment I noticed there were more jobs in the quality sector required lean and six sigma experience. While I have used some of the tools from Lean I am keen to acquire a formal qualification in this area. I hope to develop a better understanding of the statistical side of Six Sigma.”

The Certificate in Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) programme is currently fully booked for Spring 2019 however, recruitment for September 2019 intake will commence in March. DkIT provides more than 65 part-time programmes across a variety of disciplines. To find out more please visit

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