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Supply Chain Management

What is the programme about?
This Masters programme offers a robust understanding of the concepts and best practices in Supply Chain Management for application in today's global economy. Supply chain management and sourcing have become a central focus for companies due to the rapid changes in demand for products and services, globalisation and technology. With operations becoming more complex, companies in the manufacturing, retail and technological sectors are searching for individuals with supply chain expertise. This programme has been designed in collaboration with industry to address those needs.

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
On completion, graduates of the programme will be able to:
• Apply comprehensive knowledge of theory and practice of Supply Chain Management to a variety of industry operations;
• Build and develop multi-disciplinary teams across all functions to bring about radical improvements in supply chain capability;
• Effectively plan and manage resources at each stage of the supply chain;
• Use critical thinking and research skills to design/ redesign, implement and improve more sustainable, competitive and quality led supply chains from supplier to customer;
• Communicate effectively with teams at all levels internally and build more sustainable, beneficial relationships along all stages of the supply chain from supplier to customer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a Level 8 degree with a minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2 in a related discipline or equivalent. IT Carlow operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL) scheme whereby applicants may be considered, based on relevant work and other experience, for exemptions from programme modules and advanced entry.

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Department reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

ELIGIBILITY
• Jobseekers
• Returners
• Those in employment

Duration

1 Year — Part-Time (2 nights per week 7-10 pm & some Saturdays)

Careers or further progression

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme. Some single subject certificates are available from this programme. Contact the Faculty for Lifelong Learning for further information.

Potential employment opportunities
In light of current skills shortages in industry in the area of Supply Chain Management, this Masters programme will provide participants seeking jobs in this sector with a competitive edge. For those participants currently working in the area, the programme will enhance existing roles both on a professional and personal level by building on the practical skills and techniques required to succeed. It will also develop critical skills in areas such as process improvement, resource management, analytical and critical thinking, communication and sourcing and managing quality-led sustainable supply chains from supplier to customer.

This Masters programme will prepare graduates to work in a number of job roles:
• Supply Chain Analyst or Manager
• Project Managers
• Logistics Managers
• Operations consultants/Manufacturing or Service Operations Managers
• Warehouse/Inventory Manager
• Purchasing Manager/Buyer/Planner.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Carlow.
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005
Email: lll@itcarlow.ie
Web: www.itcarlow.ie/lll

Subjects taught

Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
Communications for Supply Chain Professionals
Research Project SCM
Performance Management
Supply Chain Financial Management
Sustainable Supply Chains
Research Methods
Strategic Supply Management
Global Logistics and Technology

Comment

What is Springboard+?
Springboard+ is a government initiative offering Higher Education courses to eligible individuals - for FREE - at Certificate, Degree, Higher Diploma and Masters Levels which lead to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

Springboard provides free upskilling in higher education in areas of identified skills need. The initiative's primary target group has been unemployed people with a previous history of employment. In 2014, Springboard incorporated ICT Skills Conversion courses (i.e. Springboard+), some of which are open to applicants regardless of their employment status.

Who is Eligible? All courses are open to eligible applicants irrespective of their employment status.

There are three categories of applicant:
1. Those in receipt of an eligible Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) payment and the previously self-employed;

2. Returners seeking to re-enter the workforce;

3. People in employment seeking to reskill or upskill.

People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús; JobBridge or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Case Officer, take up a Springboard course.

To participate in a NFQ Level 9 (Post Graduate) course, a period of at least one-year must have elapsed since completing a full time undergraduate degree course leading to a major award at Level 8 on the NFQ.

Proof of Eligibility
Applicants will also be required to provide evidence that they meet the eligibility criteria for the Springboard Initiative.

• Those in receipt of a qualifying Department of Social Protection will be required to provide evidence of this payment.

• Returners will be required to provide a letter/statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their status as a homemaker.

• Those in employment will be required to provide a copy of their most recent P60 or a letter from their current employer to confirm their employment.

Further information on eligibility is available on www.springboardcourses.ie

Application date

How To Apply for a Springboard Course
Springboard applications are made online at www.springboardcourses.ie

To make an application you will need to complete a short registration process and then fill out an online application form. It is important that you fill out the online application form as fully and completely as you can in order to make a valid application and in order to best make your case for a place.

What happens after that? Following the closing date Institute of Technology Carlow will process the applications. Applicants may be shortlisted on the basis of the evidence in the application and any further supporting documents supplied. It is therefore important that you complete the online application form accurately and fully and supply scanned copies of supporting documentation as below.

Shortlisted candidates may be called for a brief interview. Successful candidates will get an offer of a place by e-mail and courses will begin in September. Further detailed information will be supplied during the application/offer process.

Supporting Documentation
Entry requirements for courses are set out in the course description on www.springboardcourses.ie - these entry requirements will require you to supply evidence of your previous education and qualifications. It is important that you support your application with electronic/scanned copies of supporting documents – where required - such as:

• An up-to-date CV
• Scanned copies of all of your official educational qualification parchments
• Scanned copies of all of your official educational transcripts clearing showing the results you achieved in each subject/module.
• Scanned copies of all of your employment references

Queries can be directed to springboard@itcarlow.ie

Course fee

For employed participants on courses at NFQ Level 7, 8 or 9, 90% of the course fee is paid by the HEA. Participants will be liable for the remaining 10% fee. Fees will be due once a place has been accepted. Level 6 courses are free to all eligible participants.

Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation
Saturday 1st September 2018.

Courses Commence
Monday 10th September 2018.

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