Pictured at the signing of the MOU at DkIT campus: L to r: Aidan Browne (DkIT); Adrian Corcoran (Walls Construction); Michael Mulvey, PhD, (DkIT); and Niamh Barry (Walls Construction).
Walls Construction and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a strategic partnership for research, innovation, graduate employment and education.
The agreement will focus on four principal areas:
- Workforce Training and Education including bespoke course development and delivery in areas such as engineering and construction management, BIM (Building Information Modelling), Lean Construction and management skills. The agreement will also enable closer collaboration through participation on academic-industry programme boards and focus groups.
- Access to DkIT graduates and student talent through student project work, participation at on-campus careers events and the joint development of graduate programmes.
- Access to research and innovation collaboration through applied research opportunities, leveraged funding for R&D and developing a Centre of Excellence for Walls Construction at the Regional Development Centre at DkIT.
- Sponsorship opportunities in the areas of academic prizes and local corporate social responsibility initiatives.
The official announcement took place in DkIT at ana event that was attended by members of the senior leadership from Walls including Adrian Corcoran, Construction Director, Walls; Niamh Barry, Training & Development Manager, Walls; along with DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, PhD; Aidan Browne, Head of Business Development & Innovation at DKT; and Dr Tom Dooley, Head of School of Engineering, DkIT.
Michael Mulvey said: “In today’s uncertain economic environment, collaboration between academic institutions and industry can provide businesses with a vital competitive advantage to help them to grow, diversify and navigate changing market needs.
“We are delighted to welcome Walls Construction as our first official corporate partner from within the built environment sector. Our School of Engineering is deeply committed to the sustained growth and professionalism of this construction sector, and we are confident that closer collaboration will enable us to provide more focused upskilling opportunities to Walls Construction staff, as well as assisting the organisation to embrace new technologies and to unlock new business opportunities in the future.
“The partnership will also signal exciting new possibilities for our engineering and built environment students and graduates with increased access to one of Ireland’s leading employers in the construction sector,” he said.
Walls’ Adrian Corcoran, who is a civil engineering graduate from DkIT, said, “Emerging technologies such as BIM, artificial intelligence and off-site construction are impacting on a sector that has grown significantly in the last five years. Aided by industry engagement, the education sector can make a major contribution, including research and development, incubation space and the design and delivery of programmes, that will benefit productivity, affordability, quality and health and safety in construction.
“This agreement fuses student, graduate and experienced professional talent in a way that benefits all parties, not least by providing career opportunities for the engineering and built Environment graduates of DkIT.”