Ireland cannot fill 1,200 job vacancies in the biomedical sector

Ireland cannot fill 1,200 job vacancies in the biomedical sector

31 March 2011 at 00:00
<div> There are currently 1,200 engineering vacancies across Ireland in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors which companies can not fill, according to John Power, Director General of Engineers Ireland. &nbsp;He was speaking ahead of the Engineers Ireland Annual Conference 2011 which will feature contributions from Pat Cox, David McWilliams and Christoph Mueller and begins on Thursday 31st March at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill running for two days.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;In a country that presently has over 430,000 people unemployed, this is a remarkable figure,&rdquo; Mr Power said. &ldquo;The hi-tech sector is having great difficulty finding people with the right skills to fill these roles. &nbsp;Ireland&rsquo;s education system needs to be adjusted to reflect the new sectors and opportunities that are emerging in Ireland. &nbsp;Most urgently, there needs to be quicker reform of our maths syllabus to equip our graduates with the numeric competencies consistent with an innovation economy.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Entitled &lsquo;Engineering New Wealth For Ireland&rsquo;, the Engineers Ireland Annual Conference 2011 will take place on March 31 and April 1, 2011 at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Co. Galway. &nbsp;&lsquo;Working with Ireland&rsquo;s Economic Reality&rsquo;, &lsquo;Options for an Export Led Recovery&rsquo; and &lsquo;New Wealth Creation Strategies&rsquo; will be key topics on Thursday March 31. Speakers that day will include: Martin Lowery, President, Engineers Ireland; David McWilliams, Economist; Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament; Frank Ryan, Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland; Barry O&rsquo;Leary, CEO, IDA Ireland; Dan O&rsquo;Brien, Economics Editor, Irish Times; Christoph Mueller, Chief Executive, Aer Lingus; Dermot Byrne, Chief Executive, Eirgrid; Dr. Peter Heffernan, Chief Executive, Marine Institute; and Martina Moloney, County Manager, Galway County Council.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The second day of the conference will feature discussion sessions including &ldquo;Engineering a Sustainable Future: A Regional Perspective - hosted by the West Region&rdquo;, &ldquo;Improving The Quality of Life of Ireland&rsquo;s Housing Stock - hosted by the Local Government Division&rdquo; and &ldquo;Your Health is Your Wealth - hosted by the Biomedical Division and MEETA Society&rdquo;.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For further information on registering please contact Rita Pollard, (01) 665 1330 or visit http://www.engineersire</div>