"They are always trying to help you"
Thanks to Springboard+, Shane Ryan has found his career path
"I have been working with Intel for about a month. It is going well," says Shane Ryan from Tipperary.
"We make semiconductors, the chips that go into computers. It's a challenging job. But I feel I have settled in. It is a nice company to work for."
Prior to securing employment in Intel, Shane studied a Level 6 Springboard+ Certificate in Cleanroom Manufacturing at IT Sligo from September 2014 to May.
"Six years ago I was a courier in Dublin. I got a degree in Carlow IT in Mechanical Engineering. After I graduated I applied for lots of jobs but with no success. I was at a loose end.
"And then I came across the Springboard+ course. I wanted to pick a course that would accompany my engineering degree. I was delighted to find the Cleanroom Manufacturing course. The first thing that I noticed was that it was not a long winded process for applying. It took about 10 minutes to apply. You don't need any funding. It didn't cost me anything. I had to send in details of my degree and I was accepted on the course within a week. It was really handy.
"I also liked the fact that Springboard+ have chosen courses in areas where there are skills shortages. At the end of the day I was aiming to find a job."
Shane says that the course has turned his employment prospects around.
"The course lasted a year and I really enjoyed it. As soon as I had completed the course I started to send out CVs and I got completely different responses. I started to get interviews and before I wasn't getting any interviews at all.
"Sligo IT are great. They constantly send you job opportunities to apply for. They are always trying to help you."