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The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence (AMTCE) and Engineering Technology Teachers Association join forces

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The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence (AMTCE) and Engineering Technology Teachers Association join forces

The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence (AMTCE) and Engineering Technology Teachers Association join forces
May 10
10:05 2023
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STEM teaching in post-primary and Further Education and Training (FET) in Ireland has received a significant boost with the establishment of the first official headquarters for the Engineering Technology Teachers Association (ETTA) located at LMETB’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence (AMTCE) in Dundalk.

It follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Martin O’Brien, chief executive of the Louth Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) and founder of the AMTCE, and Barry Convey, chairperson of the ETTA.

The purpose of the MoU is to provide close collaboration in the design, development and delivery of bespoke courses, and training opportunities for teachers and educators.  With its official headquarters now located at the AMTCE, the ETTA will have direct access to relevant engineering and technology focused courses and programmes. The AMTCE will also work with ETTA staff on the joint development and delivery of bespoke certified courses for its members.

The AMTCE will also provide active support for ETTA projects that encourage post-primary and FET learners to engage with advance manufacturing, STEM, IT, and other related subject areas.

LMETB CEO Martin O’Brien, founder of AMTCE, said: “Given the importance of STEM to the Irish economy, our partnership with ETTA will serve to provide effective, relevant training for its members at the frontline of STEM education in Ireland. Together, we will explore joint funding opportunities and the launching and promotion of initiatives in our schools and further education that will increase access and participation in engineering and technology initiatives and develop a talent pipeline of highly skilled future employees in high value jobs for our thriving manufacturing sector.”

Founded in 1983, the Engineering Technology Teachers’ Association (ETTA) is a voluntary administered association representing teachers of Engineering, Technology and Design and Communication Graphics (DCG). With over 300 active members, it supports teachers and students in what is a time of immense change in the Irish education system and runs the nationally acclaimed Young Engineer of the Year competition for Leaving Cert students.

Barry Convey, chair of ETTA, said: “The ETTA is delighted to have the opportunity to develop and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with LMETB/AMTCE. This MoU highlights the importance of positive relationships and progressive collaboration which will be of huge benefit to the ETTA members and their students. This agreement gives access for the ETTA to amazing opportunities to develop bespoke training courses and world class facilities and gives rise to the development of such courses that will lead to CPD for members in a rapidly changing space in education at this moment in time.

AMTCE was established in 2021 by the LMETB to deliver hands on skills-oriented training needed to underpin the transition of Irish enterprise to industry 4.0 based operations, with a focus on manufacturing, pharma, food & drink, construction, and engineering sectors. The courses offered include Robotic Processes, Cobotics, Additive Manufacturing, IIoT, CAD/CAM, Industrial Control, Cybersecurity, Process Optimization (Lean 6 Sigma), BioPharma and Food Processing to name a few.


Barry Convey, chair of the Engineering Technology Teachers Association (ETTA); with Martin O’Brien, CEO of LMETB and founder of AMTCE.

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