January 9, 2017

Class of 2016 graduate with a B. Eng. in Polymer Processing


First Polymer Training Skillnet & Plastics Ireland would like to congratulate the Class of 2016 who graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Polymer Processing, on the 3rd November 2016, at the annual conferring ceremony at IT Sligo.

The BEng in Polymer Processing was designed in 2009 in collaboration with First Polymer Training Skillnet to address what was a growing skills shortage in the polymer (plastics) area. The degree was designed after a series of meetings with the networks steering group, industry groups and selected member companies, as well as a comprehensive survey of the skills needs of the industry which determined that there was an ‘urgent’ need to address this shortage. The programme demonstrates the value of open and constructive engagement between industry and academic institutions. The programme is delivered online, chiefly as a distance learning programme, with some practical sessions scheduled throughout the year and is jointly delivered by Sligo and Athlone Institutes of Technology. After the main conferring ceremony, First Polymer Training Skillnet & Plastics Ireland made a special presentation to each graduate to mark their great achievement. For the full album of photos from the day please see our Facebook page









The Class of 2016 – L to R: Pat Whyte (Irish Micro Mouldings & the IOM), Catherine Collins (First Polymer Training Skillnet), Graduates– Joseph Coleman, Shane Dolphin, Mir Himayath Ali Khan, Niall Rochford, Kevin Monks, Gloria McCann, Declan Kelly, Mark McAuley (Plastics Ireland – Ibec), Una Parsons (IT Sligo) and David Mulligan (IT Sligo).









Mir Himayath Ali Khan pictured receiving his medal for the best academic achievement in his graduating class.

L to R: Catherine Collins (First Polymer Training Skillnet), Mark McAuley (Plastics Ireland – Ibec and sponsors of this medal), Mir Himayath Ali Khan, Una Parsons (IT Sligo) and Pat Whyte (Irish Micro Mouldings & the IOM).

The IOM (Institute of Materials) kindly provided sponsorship to two students on this programme in 2015-2016 including Mir Himayath Ali Khan.

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