DkIT Signs New Partnership Agreement with Cargotec Engineering

31 May 2019

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has today signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Co. Louth manufacturer of Moffett Truck Mounted Fork Lifts, Cargotec Engineering Ireland, part of HIAB. The MOU provides a strategic framework for greater collaboration between both organisations in the areas of workforce training, graduate talent pathway development, joint sponsorship initiatives and research & innovation projects.

Over the course of three years, both parties have agreed to explore bespoke training opportunities for Cargotec staff in areas such as operations development, data analytics and supply chain management. They will also investigate the feasibility of developing an accredited part-time management training programme for Cargotec’s operations leaders aimed at assisting the company to retain and nurture talent.

The MOU also outlines an intention to create more defined career pathway opportunities for DkIT graduates with Cargotec Engineering. The agreement sets out formal mechanisms for Cargotec to engage with future graduates via student projects, on-campus visits and the possible introduction of a graduate programme for DkIT graduates.

Both organisations have also committed to scoping out opportunities for increased research collaboration. Areas of mutual interest for applied research projects include the internet of things, electrical vehicle systems, and Computational Fluid Dynamics, among others. 

Speaking today, DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, PhD, said,

“With its state-of-the-art headquarters located just 5 minutes’ drive from our campus, Cargotec Engineering has a long standing track record of engagement with DkIT. We are delighted to formalise our partnership with the company today and bring our collaboration to a new level. We firmly believe that this alliance will generate new development opportunities for both organisations. It will help us to further enhance skills, innovation and expertise in the area of manufacturing, a sector of significant importance to our region.”

Clodagh Sands, Senior HR Manager, TMFL, today said,

“We are looking forward to building on our existing relationship with DkIT, an excellent facility right on our doorstep.  We are delighted to start working with the college to develop bespoke training solutions for our staff which number almost 400.  We appreciate the opportunity to have an input in ensuring upcoming graduates and prospective employees are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by our industry, not just today, but in the future; particularly in the fields of digital solutions, control systems, automation, data analytics andlogistics developments, which will secure we can meet the current and future needs of our customers.”  

The partnership with Cargotec Engineering is an important component within DkIT’s wider Corporate Partnership Programme with industry and the community, which is led by the Regional Development at DkIT and will roll out over the next five years.

Aidan Browne, Head of Innovation & Business Development at DKIT spearheads the institute’s Corporate Partnership Programme. Speaking today, he added.

“HIAB is part of the Cargotec Corporation and is a leading provider of cargo and load handling solutions with operations worldwide. As a major employer in our region, many of whose positions are graduates of DkIT, we have a significant collaboration history with Cargotec in Dundalk over the years. This new partnership agreement whilst acknowledging the success of previous collaborations also provides both parties with a new level of focus which will allow us to strengthen our relationship in line with ambitious plans for growth.”

DkIT has existing partnerships with sports technology firm, STATSports, Dundalk’s Creative Spark and one of Europe’s leading food processors, ABP Food Group.

For more information on DkIT’s Corporate Partnership Programme, please contact:

Aidan Browne, Head of Innovation and Business Development at DkIT, E. T. +353 (0)42 9370455.



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