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Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

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  Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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200 jobs coming in Medical devices manufacturing  


Thursday, March 28, 2013 




200 jobs coming in Medical devices manufacturing 200 new jobs  are to be created in Waterford by a US multinational.

The American medical device company Nypro Healthcare is to set up a new manufacturing facility in the city, bringing an additional state of the art medical device manufacturing facility to Ireland.

This new facility will result in the creation of over 200 new high quality jobs in phase 1 which is expected to increase in subsequent years. The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Nypro has been in Bray, Co Wicklow since 1980 and in 2001 promised 400 jobs for Waterford. Those jobs never materialised, however the company now says it is going to generate 200 high-quality positions at a new medical device manufacturing facility on the main IDA industrial estate in Waterford.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this investment is a significant boost for the south east. 

Nypro's new facility will make advanced respiratory and injectable devices for global healthcare and pharmaceutical customers.

The Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said the south east has suffered disproportionately from unemployment over the years but he added that recently there has been a tripling of the number of site visits by IDA Ireland.

Nypro Jobs information here

More on the Medical Devices Sector in Ireland here

IDA Ireland press release here

 




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