A message from Irish Medtech Association Skillnet Contracting Organisation - Sinead Keogh

The Irish Medtech Association, the sector within Ibec that represents the Medical Devices and Diagnostics industries in Ireland is delighted to present an overview Irish Medtech Skillnet training programmes and Irish Medtech Skillnet sponsored programmes.

As the contracting organisation for the Irish Medtech Skillnet, I wish to pay tribute to the tremendous work done by the Irish Medtech Skillnet Steering Committee under the leadership of Ann O'Connell, the Irish Medtech Skillnet network manager, and outgoing chair Emma Kilgallon (Chairperson 2017-2020) throughout the year in steering the course and taking professional development within the sector and Irish Medtech Association’s Statement of Strategy to the next level. We welcome Lorraine Kirk (Bellurgan Precision Engineering Limited) as new 2021 chairperson.

Ireland has one of the largest shares of tertiary education with 47% of 25- 64 year olds having third level degrees, with 85% of tertiary educated adults employed and enjoying greater earnings according to the OECD. However, the OECD suggests that for skills to remain relevant, the domains of employment and education must work together to ensure education and learning is of high quality and has a long-term perspective. Lifelong learning through programmes like Skillnet and Springboard can help ensure upskilling and reskilling of the Irish workforce to help us compete internationally.

Ireland is one of the top five global medtech hubs with €12.6 billion in exports. As many as 60% of companies here are homegrown and 80% are startups or SMEs. It is also a location of choice for FDI investment with 9 of the world’s top 10 medtech companies having a base here with strong clusters in Galway, Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Sligo. The Irish medtech industry is one of the top 7 employers of medtech professionals in Europe as well as the greatest employer of medtech professionals, per capita, with more than 40,000 people working across 450 companies.

Ibec is Ireland’s largest lobby and business representative group. Our purpose is to help build a better, sustainable future by influencing, supporting and delivering for business success. With over 230 employees, Ibec engages with key stakeholders in Ireland and internationally through our six regional offices and our Brussels office, along with an extensive international network in the UK and US.

Ibec positions are shaped by our diverse membership, which range from small to large, domestic to multinational and our 38 trade associations cover a wide range of industry sectors. Ibec members employ over 70% of the private sector workforce in Ireland.

As well as lobbying, Ibec provides a wide range of professional services and management training to members on all aspects of human resource management, occupational health and safety, employee relations and employment law.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank Skillnet Ireland for their continued commitment and their role in delivering and supporting the future success of the sector here.
To each of our member organisations, I encourage you to ensure that you are getting the most out of what is on offer through the Irish Medtech Skillnet.

Sinead Keogh
Irish Medtech Association Director