Demand for polymer engineers in Ireland prompts new scholarship
Ireland’s polymer and medical devices industry is known as one of the fastest growing in the world. Given that 18 of the world’s top 25 medical device companies are located in Ireland, career opportunities for graduates are strong.
Recognising this demand, a polymer engineering apprenticeship scheme was recently launched at the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), County Westmeath. The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) joined with JL Goor to award two students a bursary for €3,000 over the three remaining years of their course. The first scholarships were awarded in April 2017 at the IOM3 annual Seminar in Athlone to the successful second year students on the BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Polymer Engineering.
Joe Wall, Chairman IOM3 Polymer Group South, Ireland, said, 'The IOM3 Polymer Group is delighted to enable this sponsorship. The polymer processing industry is one of the few manufacturing sectors in Ireland that is thriving and it needs high calibre students coming through to fill the demand from processing companies. AIT has a long history of supplying well qualified polymer engineers to our industry and we want to continue to foster and recognise this excellence.'
Louis Goor, Director of JL Goor, said, 'We are excited at this opportunity to recognise and support the Polymer students at AIT. We know first-hand the value of this course as we have three past students employed. The growth of the Irish polymer industry is dependent on a continuous flow of able, ambitious polymer engineers and we hope to encourage this with these scholarships.'
Dr Austin Hanley, AIT Dean of Engineering and Informatics, Dr Austin Hanley said, 'We are very grateful to IOM3 and JL Goor for providing these very generous student awards. The scholarships provided is further endorsement of the importance that graduates of this programme are to the plastics and polymer industry.'