Saturday 22 October 2016

Polymer Engineering Programme for Jobseekers to help address skills shortages

Published 06/08/2015 | 02:30

Are you interested in gaining a polymer qualification and attending lectures when and where you want?

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Why not consider an online Level 7 Certificate in Polymer Processing, available to eligible jobseekers this year under Springboard+. It is aimed at those with Level 6 engineering/trade qualifications and relevant industrial experience or those who already have a Level 7 engineering/related degree and want to gain the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to work in polymer processing; in an industry that covers areas of automotive, construction, medical devices, electrical/electronic and plastic packaging. It was developed by Plastics Ireland (Ibec) and IT Sligo, to help address the skills shortages of polymer technicians and engineers as identified by Action Plan for Jobs and the EGFSN 'Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020' reports.

It starts in mid-September 2015 and finishes in May 2016. Live online lectures are delivered a few evenings per week and all are recorded, so if a live lecture is missed it can be viewed at any stage and used for study/ revision throughout the year. There are also approximately 12 practical sessions spread over the year and these will take place in Athlone.

For more information or to apply, please contact course co-ordinator Catherine Collins on 090 6471223 or email

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