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Boost for graduates with new jobs

THE 100 jobs to be created at a major pharmaceutical plant in Dublin are mainly graduate positions.

Amgen is looking for highly-skilled staff for a range of roles, including graduates in engineering, science and project management.

However, it will also seek applicants with second-level qualifications for 'entry level' positions in manufacturing and warehouse co-ordination before the end of the year. Another 350 construction workers will be hired over 19 months to build a 11,700sqm extension at its plant in Dun Laoghaire.

"The majority of jobs are higher-end, but in the longer term there will be manufacturing jobs and entry-level positions before the year end," said a spokesperson.

She said all the jobs will be available this year.

The jobs are part of a €200m IDA-backed investment at its plant at Pottery Road, Dun Laoghaire.

The expansion plan includes the construction of an 11,700 sqm building extension, new production plant, an expanded warehouse and revamp of existing buildings.

The announcement comes almost a year after Amgen bought the former Pfizer plant in Dun Laoghaire, which employs 280 staff.

The Fortune 500 company discovers and manufactures treatments for serious illnesses including cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and bone disease.

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