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Four free online courses announced as part of WIT Enterprise Support Initiative

WIT Neil Quinlan Helen MurphyWaterford Institute of Technology (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 online 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 online programmes have been developed by staff in the WIT Schools of Business, Health Sciences, and Education and Lifelong Learning. The deadline for applications is Thursday, 14 May 2020 with courses set to start the following week.

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

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.

Details on Four Free Online Courses Starting May 18th

Digital Marketing and Social Media (6 week on-line 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 on-line programme – 10 credits at level 6): This course focuses on migrating existing payroll systems to an on-line 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 on-line.

Certificate in Management of Work-Related Stress (12 week on-line 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


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