ITB News Latest ITB News Copyright ITB en-ie 60 General News ITB News <![CDATA[93K Capital Funding to support plumbing apprenticeship programmes at ITB ]]>The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) will receive a substantial 93,000 euro from the Department of Education and Skills through the Higher Education Authority (HEA). An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has welcomed the exciting news for the Dublin 15 college "I'm delighted to announce this funding which will support plumbing apprenticeships at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown". The funding will allow ITB to purchase equipment and carry out enabling works for the implementation of new syllabi for Plumbing apprenticeship programmes.

The recently published Action Plan to expand Apprenticeship and Traineeship in Ireland sets out how state agencies, education and training providers and employers will work together to deliver on the Action Plan for Education's commitments on the expansion of apprenticeship and traineeship in the period to 2020.
Minister Bruton explained that "This supports our objective to expand apprenticeships and traineeships in the period to 2020 and ensure they are an attractive path for people to take. We plan to more than double the number of annual Apprenticeship and Traineeship registrations to 14,000 by 2020.
Dr. Diarmuid O'Callaghan, President of ITB stated that the funding will "ensure that apprentices are getting the most up-to-date and industry relevant programmes available."

ITB looks forward to welcoming new plumbing apprentices to our campus in the future to pursue their careers. ]]>
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:12:58 EST
<![CDATA[Three Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Soccer Stars Selected for the World University Games 2017 ]]>Pictured (from left to right) Ronan Keaskin ITB Sports Development Officer, Ian Molloy, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle and Jamie Hollywood.

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) are delighted to announce today that three ITB students will represent Ireland at the World University Games in Taipei on the island of Taiwan this August. The opening ceremony will take place in front of 40,000 spectators on August 18th with the games due to close on August 29th.
The Ireland Men's Head Coach, Greg Yelverton, named Jamie Hollywood and Ian Molloy as part of his 20 man squad. Jamie is a Sports Management and Coaching student at ITB and has represented the college team for the last two years. Jamie currently plays with Drogheda United in the Airtricity League. Net minder Molloy is also a Sports Management and Coaching student and plays for ITB and Leinster Senior League side Firhouse Clover. The team will kick off their campaign on the August 18th when they will play France, they will then play Mexico on the 21st with their final game of the group stages being on August 23rd versus the host nation Taipei. All matches will kick off at 12:30pm Irish time.
Colin Bell announced that the very talented U19 International player Eleanor Ryan-Doyle will be part of his 20 woman squad at WUG. Eleanor plays a vital role on both her ITB and Peamount United teams. Awarded the WSCAI (Women's Soccer Colleges Association of Ireland) Ryan-Doyle is the top Goal scorer this year, providing ITB with 29 goals from eight games. She has already represented Ireland a number of times this year at International tournaments and championships. Her International experience will no doubt stand to her when playing on the World stage in Taipei later this summer. The Girls in Green will start off their campaign on August 18th against Mexico at 9:00am (Irish time) with their second group game taking place at 9:00am (Irish time) on August 20th against Canada.
Congratulating Eleanor, Ian and Jamie, ITB Sports Development Officer Ronan Keaskin said "ITB wishes the three students the very best of luck at the World Student Games. This is a marvellous opportunity and no doubt they will do both ITB and Ireland proud".

ITB Sport supports High Performance Athletes through our Sports Scholarship Programs, for more info please click here. ]]>
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:58:37 EST
<![CDATA[ITB LEARN and WORK Programme : Earn money while getting an in-demand qualification ]]>
Growing demand for skills in the ICT sector, and the increasing interest in technology programmes amongst school leavers and mature students, led to ITB's establishment of the Learn+Work Programme in Networking Technologies last year, a full time course combining blocks of academic study with blocks of paid industry work placement. This work experience gives learners the opportunity to apply their learning, be coached by industry experts and develop the work-ready skills to gain employment upon graduation. Following completion, students are awarded a Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Networking Technologies.
The networking technologies course was designed in partnership with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet to provide students with in-company placement, which accounts for approximately 50% of the course, accompanied by academic studies which provide the up to date technical and communication skills that are in high demand within the ICT sector, including modules on computer systems, server administration and networks as well as the knowledge required to achieve highly valued industry certified awards such as CompTIA, Linux, Cisco, Microsoft and VMware, which are also facilitated through ITB.

Students like Emmet Quinn (23) from Raheny receive exposure to experienced and creative mindsets, whilst making valuable connections with innovative companies such as Fleet Connect, based in Blanchardstown Corporate Park who provide Wi-Fi and technology solutions for public transport. According to Mr. Quinn, the paid work experience was a real clincher in applying for the course, helping him to keep his independence and focus on his studies, which other courses might not have provided. "The lack of fees allows me much more time to focus on my studies and puts me at a great advantage in terms of having the time to work on assignments and certifications. The certifications themselves are also massively beneficial to my professional development, and for future job applications," commented Mr. Quinn.
"In today's climate, people need to do more than run a cable or connect a router. A new recruit needs to possess excellent communication skills, be adept at solving problems, take ownership of their job and be able to react to situations swiftly and confidently. This is why we joined ITB's Learn+Work programme. We believe it's a win-win situation because students get the opportunity to grow, learn and build a portfolio, while we get to avail of the best staff in the business," said Patrick Cotter, CEO of Fleet Connect, where Emmet Quinn is currently undertaking his work experience.

"The businesses we partner with tell us that they see the course as a low-risk recruitment opportunity; using the placement period as a method of assessing prospective employees for future vacancies," said Mark Keyes, Work Placement Coordinator, ITB. "And of course this goes both ways, with students developing a very real impression of the IT industry, as well as a 'taster' of potential employers and workplaces" he continued.
The programme prepares candidates for careers in Networking, Data Centre and Cloud based disciplines, with roles including: Desktop service and support, Network Operation Centre Engineer, Information Security Engineer, Systems Administrator, Cisco Network Engineer, Helpdesk Engineer, Field Service Engineer and Pre-Sales Engineer.

Interested applicants can apply directly to for an aptitude test and interview. ]]>
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:02:27 EST
<![CDATA[FREE Courses under Springboard+ 2017 initiative : APPLY NOW ]]>
The following courses are now being offered :

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Application deadline
The closing date to apply for our Springboard+ courses is Wednesday 6th September 2017.

For further details please contact our Marketing team here in ITB on 01 885 1530 or email us at ]]>
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:31:48 EST
<![CDATA[Seminar on Performance Measurement in the Not for Profit Sector, July 11th - BOOK NOW ]]>
Seminar Theme : Performance Measurement - Developing the power tools to measure success
When :
July 11th 2017 , 8.30am - 10.45am
Where : Learning and Innovation Centre (LINC) Building, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Blanchardstown Road North, Dublin 15

The ability to measure and demonstrate success is vital for non-profit organisations (NPOs) as they depend on trust and the appearance of competency to maintain legitimacy in the eyes of the public upon whom they depend for funding. In the absence of an all-embracing figure such as profit, NPOs can use the provision of performance information to demonstrate their competency and their ability to meet their funders' expectations.
The objectives of the seminar are:
a) Demonstrate how you might define success
b) Outline some difficulties for NPOs in measuring performance
c) Developing a performance framework
d) Intentions - mission/vision/objectives
e) Action - what was achieved through activities/programs
f) Results - to what extent have objectives been achieved
g) Next steps

Programme outline
8.30am - 9.00am - Registration and coffee
9.00am-10.00am - Talk by Dr. Francis McGeough
10.00am-10.30am - Questions and Answer Session
10.30am-10.45am - Briefing on MA in Management for the Non-profit sector and upcoming seminars.
About the Speaker :
Dr. Francis McGeough is a lecturer at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown. His research interests include performance measurement in the public and non-profit sectors. He has published in a number of international journals and more recently conducted research on performance measurement among larger Irish non-profit organisations which is due to be published in the Accounting, Finance and Governance Journal.
If you have any queries about this event, please email

Places are limited. To book your place Click here ]]>
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:26:59 EST
<![CDATA[ITB and Fingal County Council Garden 'FLUIRSE FINGAL' A Garden Deeply Rooted in Heritage, Set to Flourish at this Year's Bloom ]]>
With a state-of-the-art innovative campus that has invested Euro1.25 million in a facility dedicated to the study of horticulture, and a seven times Bloom gold medal winning horticulture lecturer, it's no wonder that ITB, in partnership with Fingal County Council and DDLETB, has created one of the most spectacular display gardens at this year's Bloom festival.
The impressive 'Fluirse Fingal' garden is based on the Final County Council motto, 'Fluirse Talamh is Mara' meaning 'Abundance of Land and Sea', and is one of 22 awe-inspiring garden designs on display at the country's largest showcase of best-in-practice horticulture.
Stemming from Fingal's rich history of culture and diversity, the garden, 'Fluirse Fingal', was designed by multi-award Bloom Gold winner garden designer and ITB horticulture lecturer, Jane McCorkell. The garden will showcase the evolution of gardening styles and technologies over time in Fingal and emphasise the prominence of the county as a food and heritage centre of excellence.
Created by ITB in partnership with Final County Council and the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB), visitors can soak in the aroma of fresh flora, as they learn about how the design of the display is deeply rooted in the history and heritage of Fingal's Earthly Abundance.
Decoratively, the concept garden uses a cycle path to evoke the flavour of Fingal as experienced on a journey through a mosaic of the county's landscape. The stone windmill is an eye-catching feature of the garden and represents the iconic Skerries Mills, a popular holiday poster symbol for the area in the past. A river flows through the site, making its way to the estuary and onwards to the sea, which represents Fingal's rich riparian habitats and coastal biodiversity of international importance.
ITB's horticulture facility is an up-to-the-minute technologically forward estate which includes glasshouses, poly-tunnels, 3rd generation synthetic and natural grass pitches, workshops and welfare facilities as well as a range of outdoor practical work areas for fruit and vegetable production and sports turf management.
"Given our significant investment in the horticulture industry, and our people's passion and dedication to the art of gardening, we are proud once again to produce another show garden with Fingal County Council. We hope that visitors to Bloom find great satisfaction in the story behind its concept, as well as the visual cues and scents it's brimming with," said Ms. McCorkell, multi-award winning garden designer and ITB horticulture lecturer.

The 'Fluirse Fingal' garden was awarded a bronze medal in the medium garden category at Bloom 2017. ]]>
Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:49:32 EST
<![CDATA[ITB Computing Student wins scholarship to 2017 Unite Europe Games Conference ]]> Catherine's project was supervised by Dr. Matt Smith.
This competition for female computing and engineering students across all of Europe was run by Wooga, a German mobile games company. Catherine was selected as one of the 5 women to be awarded a scholarship that will fund them to travel to and attend the UNITE Europe 2017 Unity computer games conference.

UNITE is an annual European developer conference for Unity-the market leading platform for creating video games, simulations and other interactive 3D, 2D and VR/AR content.
To know more about Wooga and the winning entries Click here ]]>
Wed, 24 May 2017 10:57:12 EST
<![CDATA[Liberty IT hosts 'Recursion' - ITB's End of Year Project Showcase for Computing ]]> Showcasing the best of innovation in computing, the exhibition featured student's work from final year projects on the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing. Visitors to the exhibition witnessed a wide range of engaging, creative projects featuring mobile application development, java development, text processing, computer vision and games development and computational intelligence.
From the courses' inauguration in 1999, ITB's computing programme has attracted an impressive cohort of creative, dynamic and talented students who are passionate about technology: Students who have a serious competence in computing and have developed the skills to allow them to contribute to today's interconnected world.
The Head of School of Informatics and Engineering at ITB, Dr Anthony Keane said of the exhibition, 'the final year projects reflect the technology of the time and as you read through the project descriptions or view them online you can't help but be amazed at the diversity of applications of current computing technology, especially in the smart devices category. I am delighted that Liberty IT have generously supported the end of year showcase 'Recursion' by hosting us at their facility and providing generous prizes for the best projects. Liberty IT already sponsor a scholarship programme at ITB and we look forward to building further links with our near neighbour'.
Felim O'Donnell Director, Liberty IT explained that having established a base in Blanchardstown just three years ago, it was important for Liberty IT to build a strong relationship with our local Higher Education Institute. Addressing the final year students he went on to say 'I would encourage all of you, no matter what road you end up travelling- whether you work for yourself, for a small company or even for a multi-national to always seek out opportunities to learn. Computing as a discipline will continue to evolve making it challenging and fun to keep up with the latest technological advances'.
Recursion is the brainchild of Stephen Sheridan, Course Coordinator for the final year of the BSc (Hons) in Computing at ITB.
According to Stephen 'the final year project is an integral part of ITB's undergraduate computing programme and gives students the opportunity to demonstrate all of the computing knowledge and skills they have acquired in their four years of study at ITB. In particular, the project gives students the chance to work on a long-term project from its initial conception right through to a final demonstration of a working system. Having the experience of a full software development life cycle is a critical skill for our computing graduates and our collaboration with Liberty IT will give students the chance to get valuable feedback and insight from industry professionals as well as experiencing a real-world software development working environment. It is always a pleasure to coordinate and supervise year four projects and the year four supervision team and myself would like to wish all our computing graduates the best of luck in their future careers and as it states in the 2017 Project Brochure "Stay in touch!"
All projects can now be viewed at ]]>
Mon, 22 May 2017 11:50:53 EST