Certificate in Operations, Quality and Lean Management (Certificate in Operations, Quality and Lean Management)

Athlone Institute of Technology (Lifelong Learning Online)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Operations, Quality and Lean Management

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Department of Lifelong Learning

General Information
Contact

Maria Slevin

Email

mslevin@ait.ie

Phone

090 6483050

Address

Department of Lifelong Learning,
Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Athlone,
Co. Westmeath.

Role

Programme Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

17/08/2020

Start Date

22/09/2020

End Date

30/04/2021

About this Course

Key Features:
• Level 6 Programme (60 ECTS)
• Online/Blended flexible mode of delivery
• Developed in partnership with the Midlands Regional Skills Manager and relevant companies
• Personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning
• Problem Based Learning (PBL) based approaches will be used to challenge and expand the students knowledge, skills and competence.
• The programme addresses to a significant level all four key areas, which have been deemed by government as being of critical importance at this time: digital skills, transversal skills, management and leadership skills and the workplace of the future


Quality and Operations Management includes a range of activities from managing quality and process strategy to human resources and supply chain management.

The main objective of the Certificate in Operations, Quality and Lean Management is to provide learners of all backgrounds with the opportunity to explore and develop their interest in these industries and sectors.

This course will give learners the opportunity to further their skill, or re-skill and make a positive contribution to the economy through gaining an understanding of the dynamics of business and in particular from an industry perspective ensuring they are better at making decisions, solving problems and skilled for the workplace of the future.

The course is suitable for people who wish to develop their careers in the Manufacturing (e.g. Food, Biopharamchem, Med-Tech, Engineering) and/or service sectors (e.g. Retail, Hospitality, Call Centres, Financial Services) but with a specific interest in the area of quality operations.



Objectives

On successful completion of this programme the learner will have the requisite skills and knowledge of
1) the business disciplines which form the basis for a successful career in the field of Operations, Quality and Lean Management in an industrial, commercial or public service setting.
2) environmental factors which impact the field of Operations, Quality and Lean Management, the growth, and the success of modern business organisations.
3) a variety of business related, Operations Management principles, Quality Management Principles and Lean Management skills as they apply to a wide range of business scenarios.
4) potential business and innovation opportunities, appropriate technologies, and operational tools appropriate to the modern business environment.

On completion students will have a general business operations perspective complemented by skills in the area of Quality Assurance (Lean Six Sigma – Green Belt), and also have developed multidisciplinary skills in operations, quality and lean management.

Entry Requirements

Mature applicants (i.e over 23 years)
or
Leaving Certificate Grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish)
or
QQI Level 5 - Full award with a minimum of eight modules
or
Recognition of Prior Learning.

Long Description

This programme is aimed at those already working in or who are interested in pursuing a career in an operations, quality and lean management role in all industry sectors.

The aim of this programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to develop the technical, scientific, interpersonal knowledge, skills and competencies required for operational, quality and lean management roles in organizations.

The programme will assist the learner in becoming a more effective employee in these various roles. It is designed to apply across all industry sectors however in recent times increasing numbers of companies in the Midlands region have been to the forefront in seeking this qualification, their objective to reskill or upskill existing employees to take up roles in operations, quality and lean management.

It is also suitable for unemployed persons that meet the entry requirements.

Developed in association with industry leaders, this specialist course promotes a critical awareness of the most recent advances in the field of operations, quality and lean management. It is also suitable for unemployed persons that meet the entry requirements.

This programme is a direct response to support our industry partners in the midlands and beyond as they try to mitigate against the perceived risk owing to Brexit including the expected changes in all aspects of business operations and management.

Why Choose This Course

Quality management is the act of overseeing all activities and tasks that must be accomplished to maintain a desired level of excellence. Operations management is concerned with planning, organizing and supervising in the contexts of production, manufacturing or the provision of services.

This programme is suitable for those who wish to develop their careers in the Manufacturing, Med-Tech, and Engineering and/or service sectors with a specific interest in the area of Quality Operations, and will satisfy the minimum-skilled requirements for an individual wishing to commence work in an Operations, Quality and Lean Management environment.

Career Opportunities

This programme will satisfy the minimum-skilled requirements for an individual wishing to commence work in an Operations, Quality and Lean Management environment.

Timetable Info

Induction
Student Induction Sessions will take place in AIT on Friday 18th September 2020 6.00pm to 9.00pm, Saturday 19th September 2020, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
All registered students must attend one session, and you will be advised of your session when your application is processed.
All current regulations and public health guidelines in relation to social distancing will be in place at these sessions.

Delivery
1 Year: 24 Weeks Tuesday and Thursdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm online plus selected Saturdays face to face in AIT

Saturdays - 9.30am to 4.30pm
Semester One 2020: September 26, October 10, November 7, November 21
Semester Two 2021: January 16, February 6, February 27, March 20

Commencing
Online - 7.00pm Tuesday 22 September 2020

Delivery Location

Online and AIT.

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery - this course will be delivered mostly online with some face to face classroom based workshops on Saturdays.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Maria Slevin

Address

Department of Lifelong Learning,
Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Athlone,
Co. Westmeath.

Phone

090 6483050

Email

mslevin@ait.ie

Application Procedures

This is a FREE programme for those that meet funding eligibility criteria.

AIT operates a two stage application process. You must complete both stages in order for your application to be assessed.

STAGE ONE – ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY
You must make your course application here on www.springboardcourses.ie
You must upload a copy of your highest/most relevant qualification, as per the entry requirements above to this application system.

STAGE TWO – FUNDING ELIGIBILITY
When making your application (or as soon as possible after) you complete an eligibility declaration here:

https://tinyurl.com/yawowndq (please copy and paste this link into the address line of your browser)

On receipt of your completed course application and completed declaration an initial assessment will be made and you will receive a request from AIT to upload required documentation to a secure folder. You must complete this request as soon as possible after you receive it. It will expire after 5 days.

This request will ask for a scan/clear photo of the following documents to be uploaded:
Your most recent passport/drivers licence to verify your identity.
A copy of your highest/most relevant qualification, as per the entry requirements for your chosen course.

You must also upload a scan / photo of one of the following documents to demonstrate your funding eligibility.
1) If you are employed: a recent payslip / most recent P60 / letter from your employer confirming this (amounts must be redacted/blacked out from financial documents).
2) If you are unemployed: a DSP payment slip / letter from DSP confirming your payment type/what you are signing for.
3) If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarised affidavit confirming this (a template for this is available here: INSERT AFFADAVIT LINK )
4) If you were previously self-employed: a letter/statement from Revenue stating that you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant.

Applicants that do not complete this declaration cannot be assessed for a place on the programme. Places are limited on all programmes, therefore it is imperative that you complete this when making your application (or as soon as possible afterwards).

Please contact Janine King, AIT if you have any queries in relation to this - email jking@ait.ie

The personal data being collected is required for assessing your eligibility for a place on this programme. If you are successful and accept an offer of a place then the details required for registration will be retained in line with our Student Privacy Policy – www.ait.ie/gdpr. Your redacted payslip/ P60 record will be held securely by AIT for at least 6 years, in line with ESF funding requirements. If you are not successful, or if you withdraw from the programme within six weeks of commencement, your data will be destroyed securely.

Media
AIT Flexible Learning Website

https://aitflexiblelearning.ie/