Training Brochure

Skillnets actively supports and works with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs. Programmes have been designed to reflect the training needs of the industry.

The network provides opportunities to develop and deliver both new and existing training programmes. Apart from delivering QQI level 5 training in Continuous Improvement (Lean/6 Sigma) for operators – the network goes a great deal further – with programmes in quality, technical, research and development, as well as highly strategic sectoral programmes developed for middle and senior management and includes accredited programmes level 5 to level 9 recognised on the National Framework of Qualifications.

In 2015, the Irish Medtech Skillnet developed the first Masters in Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs to up skill RA professionals ahead of the new EU Medical Device Regulatory Framework.

In 2016, the skills need was further addressed with the development of a Fundamentals in Regulatory Affairs, and Validation Validation Principles and Practices for the Medical Technology Industry, both Level 8 programmes to meet the growing requirements of Irish companies in filling regulatory assurance, and validation roles. The network also provides some opportunities to assist with company specific training events.

Since 2011, the Irish Medtech Skillnet has run programmes for the unemployed to keep the unemployed workers close to the labour market. The Biopharma Conversion Programme converted 90% to employment in 2015 and the reduction in cost to the state in terms of social welfare payments was approximately €15,000 per month. Building on this success in 2016, we worked in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection, IDA Ireland and Skillnets Ltd to deliver a Level 6 Process Technician programme to convert skilled unemployed to the medtech sector.