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Enda Coates

Forest Researcher

Forestry Careers Ireland

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Enda Coates
There are so many different aspects of forestry to research: harvesting and biomass (what I do), timber quality, afforestation, species selection, recreation, amenity, carbon accounting, wildlife, habitats, forest policy, and much more. So there is a wide range of topics to get involved in, so find one you are interested in!

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New Laboratory Apprenticeship

Three days in work, two days studying and a salary

New Laboratory Apprenticeship

Following a 2015 Expert Group on Future Skills Needs report there is clear evidence of a skills shortage within the BioPharmaChem sector. BioPharmaChem Ireland, the business association within Ibec representing the biopharma and chemical sectors, surveyed their Membership and identified that recruitment and retention of skilled quality and laboratory personnel was at an all-time low.

An industry-led consortium was established who worked closely with SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority and the Institute of Technology, Tallaght to develop, in close alignment to the needs of the Irish BioPharmaChem sector, two new and bespoke Laboratory Apprenticeship programmes.

The Laboratory Apprenticeships are, “earn while you learn” higher certificate and degree programmes that combine on the job training (3 days a week) with academic study (2 days a week).

These two and three-year programmes lead to a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Science - Laboratory Technician and Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor of Science Degree – Laboratory Analyst from your local Institute of Technology and are suitable for those, who currently have at a minimum a Level 5, and for those who wish to develop a career in the laboratory environment of the Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical, Chemical Manufacturing, Food, Medical Devices and Independent Testing Laboratories.

With the support of leading professionals and companies the apprentice will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for a successful career in a laboratory environment, while earning a salary, they will also have the opportunity to study in a leading Institute of Technology to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Three days in work, two days studying and a salary.  The perfect combination for a successful career in a laboratory and beyond.

These apprenticeships will add to the pool of talented individuals available for industry to draw from. Educated, experience and trained. The perfect solution for solving industry’s skills shortage and recruitment problems.

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