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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.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Biotech Firm Upgrade to add 30 Jobs for Dundalk

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Biotech Firm Upgrade to add 30 Jobs for Dundalk

Monday, April 27, 2015 

Biotech Firm Upgrade to add 30 Jobs for Dundalk

Irish biotechnology firm Cellulac is to invest €25m into redeveloping its plant in Dundalk in the second phase of a multi-year upgrade. The retrofit will add about 30 jobs to the firm, which currently employs 19 people. 

Plastics-maker Cellulac is to retrofit the 6.8-acre site it is leasing from the Irish Whiskey Company and make the facility suitable for the production of barrel plastics.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Cellulac chief executive Gerry Brandon said that the company was set to begin phase one of the revamp in the first quarter of 2016, which he estimates will cost roughly €2m. The second phase, set to commence in 2017, is estimated to cost €25m.

Mr Brandon said that the first phase will allow the firm to ramp up production at the facility initially to 20,000 tonnes a year of an acid used to produce biodegradable plastics for export. He said that construction of the second phase was set to begin at the end of 2017 and run into 2018, and said that by the time it was completed the plant will be producing approximately 100,000 tonnes a year. He added that the retrofit would add about 30 jobs to the firm, which employs 19 people.

He said: "Most jobs will be created in phase one, where there will be about 36 new jobs. During phase two there will probably be work for another 50 people in construction and then production in the plant will become automated, we will have just under 50 people working full-time."

He said that in total in equity and grants the firm has received roughly €16m so far. He added that the company would look at its funding options within the next 12 months. Cellulac recently signed a signed a five-year partnership deal with Dutch waste manager Pharmafilter worth €35m.

About Cellulac

Cellulac is a science, technology and industrial biochemicals company creating a new paradigm in ‘green’ chemical manufacturing.

The company employs patent protected micro-organisms and a patent protected proprietary process for the manufacture of a broad array of high-value biochemicals and is in the process of initiating the first straw to lactic acid commercial venture in the world.

Cellulac uses an end to end production solution that converts 2G biomass like straw, spent brewers grains, DDGS, Lactose Whey into high-value biochemicals - the first straw to lactic acid venture in the world.


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