The "Certificate in Strategic and Operational Management" was launched today by Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet, and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Mobility & Supply Chain Skillnet in collaboration with South East Technological University (SETU). 
The initiative will focus on several topics, including strategic management of operations, project management, leadership for improved performance, cost efficiency, energy sustainability, logistical competence, and supply chain management.  
This programme is a response to the rising cost challenges faced by companies in the south east region and in particular within manufacturing, engineering and supply chain businesses.  
It will aid in identifying the cost increases and facilitate devising strategies to manage and diminish them, with a focus on enhancing supply chain efficiency, transportation methods, sustainability, and streamlining processes. 
In today's business climate, where costs are rising in all areas, companies need to become more efficient, especially in areas such as digitalisation and sustainability, to not just survive but thrive.  
The programme will be delivered by experienced SETU lecturers who work in industry as National Programme Managers, Supply Chain Management specialists as well as leaders and lecturers in organisational change. 
Tommie Ryan, Network Manager, Waterford Chamber Skillnet said: “We are thrilled to announce the launch of the new Level 8 Certificate in Leadership and Operational Management at SETU in partnership with Skillnet Ireland, Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet and CILT Mobility & Supply Chain Skillnet. This collaborative effort underscores Waterford Chamber Skillet’s commitment to providing quality training and talent development opportunities for professionals in the south east region, and we look forward to empowering individuals and organisations alike with the tools they need to succeed in today's rapidly evolving business landscape.” 
James Kearney, Network Manager, CILT Mobility & Supply Chain Skillnet said: “Feedback on programmes for CILT Mobility & Supply Chain Skillnet has frequently sought bitesize development opportunities for management skills. The provision of a Certificate in Leadership & Operational Management creates great opportunities for skills development that add value to our network members.”    

Ashling Ward, Network Manager, Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet said: “The creation of this new programme shows the power of networking and engagement in the south east between three different Skillnets, South East Technological University and industry partners. We are now launching our first cohort of this fully funded programme in April as a direct response to the growing concerns of our member companies to the rising business costs and the pressure on companies to deal with them. This programme will allow learners the opportunity to engage with industry experts and learn best practice.” 
Aoife O’Sullivan, Head of Network Development and Innovation, Skillnet Ireland said: “Skillnet Ireland is committed to supporting the advancement of sustainable small and medium businesses and developing leadership capabilities to tackle challenges such as digitalisation and climate change. We’re proud of the three Skillnet Business Networks working in partnership with SETU, who have put in tremendous efforts to develop a programme that meets the demands of the industry. This programme is a great example of industry and academia showcasing the power of collaboration by working together to ensure businesses are well-prepared for the constantly evolving field of strategic and operational management.” 
The Certificate in Strategic and Operational Management will commence in April.  
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