IT Tralee ACE

Agritech e-learning and virtual reality

Ger O’ Shea, Service Manager with McHale Engineering and Niall Trant, Training and Development Specialist with AgriTech Centre of Excellence (ACE) using virtual reality headsets for AgriTech training

The AgriTech Centre of Excellence (ACE) is an initiative that has gained traction in 2019 to address some of the challenges faced by Ireland’s AgriTech Sector. The centre is funded through Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund, with a project value of €2 million.

ACE offers a new and exciting approach to learning and development, through e-learning and virtual reality. The centre is currently identifying, researching, implementing and sharing best practice in terms of learning innovation through the deployment of a learning and development system for AgriTech companies. This will ultimately improve skills, company capability and internationalisation, whilst delivering sustainable market growth for Ireland’s AgriTech companies. The technologies are key in helping AgriTech companies train staff and dealer networks in different regions of Ireland and overseas markets - a challenge currently faced by companies in the AgriTech sector.

The ACE Centre is a true public private partnership which has come to fruition through the efforts of its founding members - The Institute of Technology Tralee, Kerry County Council and three of the Tier one AgriTech companies in Ireland: Dairymaster, McHale Engineering and Abbey Machinery.

ACE will enhance the capabilities of Ireland’s AgriTech businesses, expand their reach and global ambition. This will position Ireland at the forefront of the international AgriTech industry.