Unique UCC part-time food studies
The Food Industry Training Unit (FITU), UCC, provides a range of part-time diploma and continuing professional development courses across food and agri-related areas such as food science and technology, speciality food production, business and manufacturing management and corporate direction (food business).
Since 1993, the unit has been committed to developing and delivering programmes which satisfy the evolving needs of the Irish food and drinks sector.
Applications are being taken for two long running part- time programmes — The Diploma in Speciality Food Production, and the Diploma in Food Science and Technology. Both will start in September 2017.
The Diploma in Food Science and Technology has been running since 1993. This course gives participants an opportunity to gain an understanding and knowledge of food science, and microbiology, food processing technology, nutrition and food business and facilitates career development. Particular emphasis is placed on linking basic principles with practical application in industry. This diploma has been very beneficial to the development, success and progress of the graduates and their food industry employers.
The Diploma in Speciality Food Production was first offered in 2005, and since then UCC has provided education and training to more than 200 people working in the artisan and speciality food sector.
In recognition of the importance of the sector the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will provide funding for students on the next cycle of this Diploma. UCC for its part provides this specialist education by drawing on the expertise of both internal and external educators, professionals and practitioners. Many graduates of the Diploma in Speciality Food Production have gone on the develop successful food businesses — including Phillip O’Connor ( of Seymours Biscuits), Norma Dinneen ( Bo Rua Cheese) and many more.
Diploma in Speciality Food Production students during a session in the food processing pilot plant; the programme has seen many of its graduates go on the develop successful food businesses.
Diploma in Food Science and Technology students in UCC.