Galway has a significant cluster of medical device companies now employing in the region of 8,000 people locally. The west now accounts for 39% of the regional distribution of medical device employees in Ireland. New MedTech start-ups also benefit from the cluster where the workforce and their level of experience and skill set are highly regarded.
According to figures from IDA Ireland strong jobs growth is expected in the years ahead with an additional 4,000 jobs in MedTech by 2020. This optimism is reflected in recent market research we carried out here in Innopharma Education. Our research shows that over 91% of Pharma and MedTech companies in Ireland surveyed plan to hire during 2017 and 2018. As expected with the concentration of manufacturing operations in Ireland 55% of our respondents’ companies are looking for skills in manufacturing operations and quality assurance. The drive for innovations is also very evident however with demand for process development and validation skills also high with 55% of respondents saying they are planning to hire these skills in 2017 &2018. 84% of our respondents also see a requirement for business skills such as business process improvement, decision making and presentation skills in addition to engineering or scientific qualifications.
Need for Skilled Labour
The continued growth of the Galway MedTech Cluster depends on the continuous development of a skilled labour pool. According to our research, the availability of appropriately skilled graduates is currently the most significant driver required to sustain competitive advantage and 76% of our respondents stated there is a shortage of appropriately skilled graduates available to meet their recruitment and business growth needs. Over 66% also stated that their minimum academic qualification required for new hires is a Level 8 Bachelor’s or Level 9 Master’s degree.
Develop your Skills
Since 2010, Innopharma Education has been developing programmes for the pharmaceutical, food technology and medical devices industries. Our PGDip in Medical Device Technology & Business is the perfect balance of technology and business skills required in the medical technology sector in Ireland and around the globe today. The programme is targeted at those who wish to develop their career in the areas of medical device technology, emerging trends, operational excellence, quality systems & regulation, business strategy, medical measurement and analysis. With extensive input and participation from the MedTech sector, this programme is ideal for those involved in manufacturing, compliance, business improvement, quality assurance, validation, data analytics, and engineering. Modules include,
• Medical Device Technology
• Medical Device Quality Systems & Regulation
• Emerging Trends in Medical Device
• Operational Excellence & the Science of Innovation
• Strategy, Leadership & the Culture of Innovation
• Medical Measurement and Analysis
Commencing in September, this blended learning programme is delivered over two semesters. Learners attend live classes two evenings per week either in-class or online. Learners also attend classes and group sessions two Saturdays per month. All our classes are also recorded and can be accessed when convenience. Perhaps you’re already working in the industry and want to learn new skills? Or maybe you’re looking for an exciting new career in one of the most buzzing areas of industry around? Whatever your position, this programme will give you the tools you need to succeed – with the perfect blend of technical and business knowledge delivered by industry experts.
For more information visit our course page, call us today on (01) 4853346