Irish Medtech Association and Plastics Ireland, the Ibec groups that represent the medtech and polymer sectors, today launched three new apprenticeship schemes as part of the Department of Education and Skills wider national strategy, underlining the growing strength behind Ireland’s business model. The groups predict that, based on current trends, 1,100 new apprentices will be registered by 2025, significantly addressing the skills gap for the domestic manufacturing industry, Ireland’s second largest employer. Speaking at the launch were Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD and regional business leaders. Kevin “Boxer” Moran, TD for Longford and Westmeath was also in attendance.
Irish Medtech Association and Plastics Ireland Apprenticeship Manager Denise Carthy stated: “These manufacturing and polymer apprenticeships offer candidates a unique opportunity to get excellent qualifications and experience with world leading companies operating in Ireland. Apprenticeships offer participants more than on the job skills and training, they are also a passport to a great career choice with large global companies. Ireland’s talent pool has always been at the heart of our economic strategy for growth and attracting FDI, and with the uncertainty generated by both Brexit and the new US administration, getting apprenticeships right is a major strategic advantage. These three new schemes, launched today, underscore the scope of substance behind the Irish business model. In fact, we’re now seeing unprecedented demand for qualified engineers and technicians from businesses this year with 4,000 new jobs to be added in the medtech sector and 8,400 jobs in biopharma by 2020. We’re delighted that based on the current uptake we expect to have nearly 1,100 apprentices registered by 2025.”