Sunday 25 March 2018

Positive impact on employability

"I wouldn't be in this job if it wasn't for that course." So says Keith Bruton who is now working as an Upstream Biotechnician for Biomarin in Cork. Keith studied a three month Level 9 Springboard+ course in Biopharmaceutical Production with NIBRT. After he enrolled in the course it didn't take long for work opportunities to arise.

"I always enjoyed Chemistry in school and so I attained a BSc in Biochemistry from UCD. After I graduated I found it extremely hard to get into the biopharmaceutical industry due to lack of experience with specific equipment. I had heard so many people in the industry saying they send their own employees for training in NIBRT, so I thought that doing a course would help me stick out from ordinary job seekers looking to breach this industry.

"After a month in the course I had been offered a job in Biomarin and most of the interview focused around what I was doing in NIBRT. NIBRT had a huge impact on my employability for this sector."

Today Keith has settled into his new company and is enjoying his work.

"I have been working with Biomarin since December. It was a great Christmas present to get! It took me a month or two to find my feet. It has been a huge learning curve. But things have been going well. I have been made permanent so I am very happy."

Keith is full of praise for both the Biopharmaceutical Production course and NIBRT.

"NIBRT gave me all the skills that I would need to do well in this industry. What I do in my job now is exactly what I learned in the course. It really did capture what was needed in terms of putting equipment together and using it. It was spot on.

"Doing this course has been easily the best decision I have made so far in terms of career progression. I would 100% recommend this course, it's a no brainer!"

Irish Independent

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