Ireland's medtech industry is growing and this is creating exciting new opportunities for jobseekers. With over 27,000 people already working in the sector, Ireland is the highest medtech employer, per capita, in Europe. The latest survey by the Irish Medical Device Association (IMDA), the Ibec group which represents the sector, shows that six out of 10 companies are looking to hire quality engineers.
As many as 82% of people who have gotten the skills they need from the Government funded IMDA Springboard+ Certificate in Quality Engineering (QQI Level 8) course, now have vital work experience in the sector. Edward Seery who took the course in January 2014 is a Quality Validation Engineer in Nypro Healthcare, which employs 360 staff in County Wicklow and a further 180 in County Waterford, says the course helped him, "I felt I needed to give myself a competitive edge to differentiate myself from other candidates in the market. It broadened my horizons and employment opportunities, so much so that the day after completing my exams, Nypro Healthcare interviewed me for a Quality Validation Engineer position and one week later I started."
The course commences Monday 14 September in University of Limerick. Interested applicants can apply online www.imdaspringboard.ie