Tipperary businesses to benefit from free courses announced as part of WIT Enterprise Support Initiative

Tipperary businesses to benefit from free courses announced as part of WIT Enterprise Support Initiative

The initiative will offer a number of free courses in finance, marketing and managing stress for individuals in enterprises across the South East

WIT is launching a new initiative aimed at supporting businesses across the South East during Covid-19.

This initiative is open to individuals (employed and unemployed) currently working in enterprises across the South East or those seeking work in the region.

This WIT Enterprise Support Initiative is a short-term measure: a suite of short programmes and support services to industry to address immediate needs. WIT Enterprise Support Initiative includes short online programmes in payroll management, finance and governance, digital marketing and managing stress and building resilience during these difficult times.

“Enterprises across the South East are experiencing huge challenges as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses are under significant strategic, financial and operational pressures to review, re-assess and re-position in light of temporary business closures. This initiative is targeted at local companies who may wish to migrate some key business processes online,” says Dr Helen Murphy, Head of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning in WIT.

The programmes have been developed by staff in the WIT Schools of Business, Health Sciences, and Education and Lifelong Learning.

The WIT Enterprise Support Initiative will launch in May 2020 and run through until September 2020. Participation on these short programmes is free of charge and places will be offered on a first come first served basis. Individuals can apply and eligibility will be checked by the WIT team. To book a place on any of the above programmes please visit www.wit.ie/parttime.
The deadline for applications is Thursday, 14 May 2020 with courses set to start the following week.

WIT will offer a full range of part-time programmes in September 2020. Many of these programmes will be fully or part subsidized under the Springboard+ initiative. Full details of all part-time programmes will be published in June 2020 with start dates from September 2020. See: https://www.wit.ie/schools/education/parttime-courses

Dr Thomas O’Toole, Head of School (Dean) of Business adds “Whilst our societal challenge is to stay safe and well, businesses and individuals working in them will need much agility and innovative ability to get back on track to recovery post-pandemic. This is why, in addition to all our ongoing programmes directed towards enterprise we have decided to reach out with some additional offerings.”

Additional supports include business consulting services through the RIKON innovation centre and Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers through ArcLabs, the institute’s research and innovation hub.

RIKON is an approved supplier for the Enterprise Ireland/IDA & LEO funded Business Continuity Supports for Enterprises as a direct response to Covid-19.


Course details

Digital Marketing and Social Media (6 week online programme – 10 credits at level 6):  This course provides learners with the detailed and practical knowledge required to develop digital marketing and social media expertise including Digital Marketing Planning, Strategy and Tools; Social Media Strategy, Planning and Tools; Digital Marketing Analytics. This course may assist companies seeking new modes of promotion using virtual tools.

Payroll and Computerised Accounts (6 week online programme – 10 credits at level 6):  This course focuses on migrating existing payroll systems to an online environment. The Payroll aspect of the course will cover Setting up Payroll, Processing Payroll and Report generating. The Financial Accounting aspect of the course will cover Purchase Ledger, Sales Ledger, Nominal Ledger, Banking, VAT and Reporting. This course may assist companies seeking to migrate existing paper-based systems to payroll services online.

Certificate in Management of Work-Related Stress (12 week online programmme – 20 credits at level 6):  The course consists of two ten credit modules. Module 1 aims to equip workers with the requisite skills, knowledge and competences to manage their personal levels of work-related stress, while Module 2 aims to help workers create a less stressful working environment. Assessment for the course is based on the completion of a series of activities that are work-based and submitted in the form of a digital portfolio. The course is also delivered entirely asynchronously, which means that the learners can access the course content at a time and place that suits them and submit their completed portfolio activities at the end of each module. This course may assist employees and managers in managing stress both at individual and organisational level during these challenging times.

Financial Management and Governance for Social Enterprises (6 week online programme 5 credits at level 7): This online course aims to provide people working in the social enterprise sector with an understanding of the principles, processes, and practices of effective financial management in a social enterprise. It will also give participants an introduction to the parameters of modern governance of social enterprises in order to meet the expectations of major stakeholders. It may be of assistance to any social enterprise currently managing funding and other financial challenges during this period.

To book a place on any of the above programmes please visit www.wit.ie/parttime.

Additional supports

Business Continuity Support – RIKON

RIKON are now an approved supplier for the Enterprise Ireland/IDA & LEO funded Business Continuity Supports for Enterprises as a direct response to COVID 19. This is 100% grant aid excluding VAT, to a maximum value of €2,500 (i.e 2.5 days of either consultancy or training support per Irish site). The RIKON team will be working with companies assisting them in crisis management and recovery where the organisation is reacting & mitigating business impact where possible, formulating/planning and execution of recovery plans. RIKON will be contributing in a range of areas including: Crisis management-building, rapid deployment capability; Rapid strategizing  Scenario planning & Business Model Innovation; Management of people through a crisis – communicating/Handling issues.

For further information please contact RIKON at www.rikon.ie. Tel: 051-834032

Business Innovation Support – ArcLabs

WIT has completed over 600 Innovation Voucher projects for SMEs across the island of Ireland. Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist any registered limited company to explore a business opportunity or problem. Innovation Vouchers can be used for a wide range of innovation or knowledge transfer projects. The knowledge gained from a project may be used to solve business problems or to innovate a product, process or service. The aim of the Innovation Vouchers Programme funded by Enterprise Ireland is to build links between Small Businesses and Knowledge Providers like WIT. The Voucher which is worth €5,000 can be exchanged for expertise and guidance from the extensive knowledge pool at WIT. The Innovation Voucher allows you to concentrate on running your business while WIT comes up with a solution that could take your business to the next level. For further information on innovation vouchers please contact: Aisling O’Neill, ArcLabs Research and Innovation Centre Manager. E: amoneill@wit.ie.

What can Innovation Vouchers be used for?

  • new product/process development
  • new business model development;
  • new service delivery and customer interface;
  • new service development;
  • tailored training in innovation management;
  • innovation/technology audit.

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