Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Ita Heffernan

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Manufacturing Technician
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Manufacturing Technician

A Manufacturing Technician provides a technical service to produce product per organisational needs in line with all safety, regulatory and organisational requirements.

The Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA), the Ibec group that represents the medtech sector, received approval in July 2015 for a new Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship. 

This is one of 25 proposed apprenticeship programmes due to be launched in 2016 / 17. If successful, formal details of the proposed programmes will be signed off by the Apprenticeship Council at the end of May 2016 with training to be available from September 2016 or January 2017.

This is an NFQ Level 5/6 apprenticeship. It is anticipated that 64 places will be available each year.

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This apprenticeship programme is not yet validated. Additional information is constantly being added here, as it becomes available. Outline information is correct at August 2016.


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The Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship is a 2-year programme resulting in a QQI Level 6 qualification in Manufacturing Technology awarded by the HEA.

Apprentice training will include on-site and off-site phases with approximately 15 weeks off site each year. [Full details TBC @ May 2016]

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An interest in working and learning in the MedTech, plastics and engineering Sector. 

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Working as a team member to provide a technical service to produce product per organisational needs in line with all safety, regulatory and organiational requirements, the work of a Manufacturing Technician includes:

  • Preparing equipment, work areas and materials and ensuring/verifying readiness of manual, automated and ancillary equipment.
  • Operation and technical support of manual, automated assembly and ancillary equipment.
  • Troubleshooting and repair of day to day manufacturing issues which may impact on efficiencies, safety or quality.
  • Performing routine calibration on equipment.
  • Operating of measuring equipment and other advanced metrology equipment.
  • Support product development, validation and improvement projects.
  • Documentation of all activities in line with GMP requirements.
  • Cross train within the team and training of new members.
  • Ability to work on own initiative
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Entry Requirements header image

Candidates with a minimum grade 60% in Pass Mathematics or higher are sought for this role. Full Entry Requirement Details are yet TBC.

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Getting an Apprenticeship header image

Advertising for the Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship will take place in September 2016 with a commencement date of January 2017.

The application process is currently under development, but it is anticipated that both individual companies and the consortium will advertise through their websites.

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There are opportunities across the Medical Devices sector in Plastics and Engineering companies for Manufacturing Technicians.

IMDA Director Sinead Keogh said: “Employment in manufacturing will be 6,000 higher this year compared to last. But, skill shortages are emerging and need to be urgently addressed. These new apprenticeships will give people new job opportunities and help drive regional growth. Manufacturing is an integral part of the Irish economy and is the second largest employer with 4,000 businesses, both home-grown and international, employing nearly 160,000 people. ” 

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