Springboard Information

Registrations are now open for our Irish Medtech Springboard programmes, and unlike previous years; this year, our Springboard medical technology programmes are open to the following categories of applicants looking to reskill & upskill in the medical technology sector:

  • Employed
  • Self employed
  • Unemployed
  • Homemakers

Are you eligible?

Please refer to the eligibility guidelines on the Springboard Courses web site by clicking here.

The springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. Springboard+ is co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.

Companies – Interested in Graduates

The availability of suitably skilled professionals for the sector is key to the growth and development of the ecosystem here.

Irish Medtech Springboard would like to thank all their member companies for supporting our programmes over the past years. It is with your engagement, that we are able to provide these valuable programmes for industry. These programmes are specifically designed to allow your employees, as well as eligible unemployed persons, to upskill, reskill and take up new roles in industry.

Please contact programme administrator Michelle Reinecke-Quain, with your details, and a job specification, by email to michelle.reinecke-quain@ibec.ie if you are interested in:

  • Accessing potential employees
  • Bringing in fresh talent, fresh ideas and new thinking
  • Accessing newly trained graduates with recent skills sets or skilled workers that add real value to your organisation
  • Enhancing the performance of your organisation by offering placements, and/or employment, to motivated individuals with enthusiasm and a passion for developing their careers

Jobseeker Information

These programmes give engineers and science graduates the additional skills needed to help them find jobs. Over the past five years 300 jobseekers have completed the *Certificate in Quality Engineering & Diploma in Performance Competence programme.

This year we are also running The Bachelors in Science in Quality and Regulatory affairs – also certified by University of Limerick, this is a top-up degree for persons who already hold an NFQ Level 7 (ordinary) degree (180 ects) plus 3 years of relevant work experience.

*If you have already successfully completed the Certificate in Quality Engineering stand alone module you will be exempt from this module if you are successful in your application for The Bachelors in Science in Quality and Regulatory affairs course.

82% of previous course participants crossed over into the Medtech Sector by securing placements, and/or full time employment in the hi-tech sector after successfully completing this programme.

Examples of just some of the careers in the hi-tech sector include; quality inspector, chemist; engineer, QA /QC inspector, design engineer, quality assurance engineer, junior R&D engineer, documentation specialist, validation specialist, manufacturing engineer, quality technician and customer project manager.

During the directed training portion of the programme candidates will be in a position to retain any social welfare entitlements they are entitled to.

Medtech Sector in Ireland

The Medical Technology Sector in Ireland

Medtech Sector in Ireland

Ireland is recognised as a global medtech hub, with 18 of the world’s top 25 medtech companies here and more than 40,000+ people working in the sector leading to career paths across Ireland and internationally.

Many of these new jobs are to be in specialised areas of quality and regulatory affairs, highlighting the importance of key skillsets to maintain the medtech’s reputation as the leading industry for innovation in Europe.

There are currently 450 companies employing 45,000 people, with global exports of €13 billion. This makes Ireland the largest employer of medtech professionals in Europe per capita.

To download our PDF about the Medtech sector in Ireland, click here.1.09 MB

Graduation 2014

New Career Opportunities in the Medtech Sector

Graduation 2014

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.

In 2023/24 the Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the medical technology sector, will continue to offer the Bachelors in Science in Quality and Regulatory affairs programme which is successfully running for the seventh consecutive year; through blended learning.

We are also delighted to continue to the offer of  the Higher Diploma Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs Professional. This programme was specifically designed by our medical technology companies to allow their employees, as well as eligible unemployed persons, take up roles or upskill in regulatory affairs.

Springboard+ courses are designed to reskill and/or upskill existing employees, as well as provide out of work engineers and scientists with the skills to take up new work in the Medtech sector. The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) and Springboard+ funded courses are fully funded if you are unemployed, or a returner. And 90% funded if you are employed.

See also: Jobseeker Information