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.

Just a quick note to thank you for my placement on the two week moulding course, I have found it to be a very informative course and will definitely come back to complete modules 3 and 4 as soon as I can, Steven's presentation of the course was excellent, I have no doubt that it will significantly enhance my job prospects

(Jobseeker Trainee July 2013)

Very informative, excellent presentation, great industrial examples - would highly recommend this course to others in the industry.

(Trainee May 2013)

This course allowed me to think and apply statistics to my daily work

(Statistical Process Control course, May 2013)

The Extrusion Module 1 course gives a good grounding on the principles of extrusion. The knowledge I gained over the course has helped my understanding of the principles of extrusion an is of great benefit to me in my day to day job.

(Extrusion course on site, April 2013)

Well presented, plenty of practical time on machines.

(Injection Moulding Module 3, April 2013)

I thought it was extremely helpful. Coming from an electrical background I learned new things everyday on the course.

(Electrical Course Sept. 2012)

Thanks for all the help from yourself and the the other guys in the office and the 'quality' course from Ignatius over the last 2 weeks. It was an excellent package and it was nice to feel welcome with the lunch and clean facilities. Hopefully we will all remember to promote you when we are safely ensconced in our new job

(Communications & Supervisory Management course. Job Seeker July 2012)

Just to say thank you for all your help and support over the duration of the courses

(Job Seeker)

Thank you for allowing me to avail of training. These courses were helpful in getting me a new job

(Job Seeker)

The course was excellent, I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. The notes are great for reference

(Plastic Materials and Processing Course April 2012)

I really enjoyed the Pneumatics course, everything in relation to the course was excellent, the training facility is first Class with brilliant hands on training as well as practical experience

(May 2012)

Very good course - lots of practical work and examples and well presented

(IM2 course July 2012)

I did Injection Moulding Modules 1,2,3 courses with Stephen O'Leary (First Polymer Training). The tutor was a brilliant instructor.

I really enjoyed the course Stephen really made us feel welcome and everything and anything was there whenever we needed it, so thanks very much for everything, hopefully it won’t be to long before I see ye again for the module 3 course

The course was very well presented with lots of time for Q&A sessions and debate


Well-structured and presented, very good mixture of practical and theory

(Design of Experiments)

Very practical examples provided, easy to understand and implement

(Product and Process Validation)

Very good course, quite a lot of material covered

(Maintenance Electrical)

The training was made enjoyable with discussion and interaction between trainer and the trainees. Very well presented course. (Siemens S7, Sept 2019)