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Letterkenny Institute of Technology assists Pramerica with specialist Training Programmes

Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd. is a software development company. It is a subsidiary of Prudential Financial Inc., a financial services company that operates in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Pramerica was established in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal in 2000 to provide software development and testing, contact centre support and financial analyst services to Prudential. The company now has more than 800 employees and is one of the largest software companies in Ireland.

By 2006, Pramerica recognised it needed to further strengthen the expertise of its  workforce by providing them with mainframe technology skills to meet its growing business requirements. At that time, no higher education institution in Ireland or the United Kingdom filled this training gap. As a result, Pramerica contacted the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) for assistance.

Pramerica partnered with the Department of Business at LYIT to develop a Level 8 programme in mainframe technologies. The goal was to create a pool of skilled graduates in the northwest region that Pramerica could recruit to address its professional development  needs. Pramerica and LYIT leveraged virtual access to IBM’s mainframe technology environment, which is still a key feature of the e-learning programme. To date, more than 50 individuals have graduated from this programme and Pramerica employs most of them.

Pramerica also recognised the need to provide its employees with specialised educational opportunities in technology. As a result, LYIT’s Department of Computing partnered with Pramerica’s software development business to create a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Information Technology. In addition, its Department of Business partnered with Pramerica to create a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Financial Services, which is scheduled to produce its first graduating class in May 2011.

These Level 6 customised programmes provide a pool of skilled staff and have helped  Pramerica recruit individuals who have specialised skills. More than 50 of Pramerica’s existing employees have leveraged these opportunities which have strengthened their opportunities for advancement within the organisation.

Testimonials

“Talent Management is Pramerica‘s primary focus. It distinguishes us in the employment market. These programs have provided our company with individuals who have specialised skills and have provided our staff with opportunities to reach their potential and fulfill their career aspirations.”
Claire McDermott - Human Resources, Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd.

“Our Strategic Partnership with Pramerica has been an enormous benefit to LYIT across a range of curriculum design, accredited work placements, guest lectures, industry standard training modules, and the development of our pilot flexible learning programme offering.”
Michael Carey - Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Client: Pramerica Systems Ireland
Institution:
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Industry: ICT
National Priority Area: Digital Platforms, Content and Applications

Head of Development
John Andy Bonar
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Port Road, Letterkenny
Co. Donegal
Ireland
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Industrial Liaison Manager
Dr. Padraig Gallagher
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Port Road, Letterkenny
Co. Donegal
Ireland
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Dept. of Business Studies
Michael Carey
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Port Road, Letterkenny
Co. Donegal
Ireland
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