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First Polymer Training Skillnet

First Polymer Training (FPT) Skillnet operates as a training network for the Polymer Industry in Ireland and is funded under the government’s Skillnet Ireland initiative. The aim of FPT Skillnet is to deliver training that is focused on the specific needs of the Polymer Industry and includes certification and development.

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Ibec is Ireland’s largest lobby group representing Irish business both domestically and internationally. Its membership is home grown, multinational, big and small, spanning every sector of the economy. Together they employ over 70% of the private sector workforce in Ireland. Ibec and its trade associations lobby government, policy makers and other key stakeholders nationally and internationally to shape business conditions and drive economic growth. It has over 230 professional services staff in seven locations including Brussels and has 42 different trade associations in the group

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Having faced a career change in the middle of an economic downturn, I lost some of myself confidence and needed a major boost. The area of polymer technology was of interest to me as it does play an important role in the manufacturing sector at present. I have recently completed my First Polymer Training course where I achieved a level 5 qualification in the Plastic Materials and Processing (Medical Device).The administration staff and lecturers at First Polymer Training center are first class and the course material was delivered in an engaging, interesting and supportive way. I have recently been offered a job by a medical device company in Limerick and I look forward to put what I have learned into practice.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Stephen, yourself and the First Polymer team for all the help and support, both financially and academically, over the past couple of years as this played a vital part of my securing permanent employment in the injection moulding industry

A Big thanks to you, Catherine, Edel, and Steve for the opportunity to attend and the warm hospitality shown and of course the high Quality of instruction Delivered. Hope to see you all again. Again many thanks

I came across FPT about three years ago. Being a Job Seeker at the time I was able to do short courses at FPT for free. The Modules were very intense but well designed and suited me perfectly allowing to refresh the knowledge I had, and of course learn a lot more (on Plastic Processing in particular). FPT Staff helped me to make some useful connections with people from the Academic Sector and the Industry. I imagine my story would be different if it was not for Catherine Collins: eventually, I got a Job that I am very happy about.""Personal advice to Job Seekers: get out there and do some courses at FPT. Learn more, meet successful people, make connections and get inspired. It can help you to start your new career.