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New Polymer Processing Technologist apprenticeship approved

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New Polymer Processing Technologist apprenticeship approved


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 




New Polymer Processing Technologist apprenticeship approved

New Polymer Processing Technologist apprenticeship aligned with the needs of the Irish plastics industry. The first apprentices will start in May 2017.

New-style occupational 'earn-and-learn' apprenticeships have been going through the development process in response to demand for the areas of: Software Development; Medical Devices; Insurance; Financial Services; Accountancy; Logistics; and Hospitality.

To date, just two have been fully approved, launched and opened for recruitment:

The Polymer Processing Technologist is now the third of the new occupational apprenticeships to be approved by the Apprenticeship Council.

The apprenticeship programme has been developed by Plastics Ireland (a business association within Ibec) along with Athlone Institute of Technology (coordinating provider), Institute of Technology Sligo and representatives from the plastics industry.

The first polymer processing apprentices are now set to start in May 2017. It is anticipated that both individual companies and Plastics Ireland will advertise through their respective websites.

About The Polymer Processing Technologist Apprenticeship

The Polymer Processing Technologist will be responsible for the efficient set up and operation of polymer processing lines in the fields of injection moulding, blow moulding or extrusion for the production of plastic components relevant to industry standards.

This is a three year apprenticeship programme with an approved employer. 70% of the time is spent on the job and the remaining 30% is spent in the allocated Institute of Technology. 

Award: A Bachelor of Science in Polymer Processing Technology

Entry requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Grade 06 at ordinary level in 5 subjects, 2 of which must be Maths and a language (English or Irish).

Who should get involved?

  • School leavers (leaving certificate)
  • Existing Production Operators and Technicians who want to train or retrain in the Plastics and Polymer processing sectors and progress along NFQ to level 7.

Ireland is now one of the largest exporters of polymer products in Europe, with annual exports of 1.7 billion euro to over 100 countries worldwide. Each year the Irish polymer industry pays out 266 million euro in wages. The Irish polymer industry is well established and offers a broad range of career opportunities.

Download the new Polymer Processing Technologist Apprenticeship information leaflet here.

 The CareersPortal Team