Conversion Programme for Ex-Dell Engineers to secure work in Biomedical and Pharma Area

Conversion Programme for Ex-Dell Engineers to secure work in Biomedical and Pharma Area

22 March 2011 at 00:00
<div> A free conversion programme to re-train ex-Dell engineers and help them find new employment has today been announced by Engineers Ireland. &nbsp;The programme will be held in Limerick and commences on Monday, April 4 running until June 28, 2011.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> John Power, Director General of Engineers Ireland said the programme, supported by the European Globalisation Fund, was specifically designed to assist former engineers and technicians from the Dell computer manufacturing facility in Limerick. &ldquo;The objective is to help these ex-Dell employees to become fully equipped to take up employment in the pharmaceutical, the bio-tech and the medical device sectors of the economy where there is a huge demand for engineers by arranging placements for them in local companies. &nbsp;There are currently an estimated 1,200 engineering vacancies nationally in the med tech and biomedical sectors. &nbsp;Leading firms in the hi-tech manufacturing sector are experiencing great difficulty recruiting staff that are professionally trained and skilled for this sector of the economy, so there is a great opportunity here.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;The goal of the programme is that participants will, during the placement, show themselves to be sufficiently talented to take on full-time employment within the host company. Engineers Ireland will assist each participant achieve this objective. &nbsp;A small-scale trial has proved to be highly successful in this regard and now twelve employers have agreed to run placements with a view to offering full-time employment.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The pilot conversion course is highly innovative and unique in that it incorporates attainment of two modules (Validation Protocols, Hazard Analysis and cGMP impact assessments and Design reviews) of a Level 7 degree qualification, awarded by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). &nbsp;With the support of a mentor, all the placement participants will optimise the relationship with their employer. &nbsp;Participants will need to have a verifiable minimum educational standard of a Level 6 certificate or diploma in an engineering/technical qualification.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;There are ongoing skill shortages in the bio, pharma and medical device sectors for suitably qualified technicians and engineers. &nbsp;This is recognised in the &lsquo;Expert Group&rsquo; study on the Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma sector launched in November 2010. &nbsp;The conversion programme is an intense and challenging experience but offers a golden opportunity for the right people,&rdquo; added Mr Power.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For further details, email only with &ldquo;Conversion Dell&rdquo; on subject line toJkinahan@engineersireland.ie &nbsp;to receive an application form.</div>