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First Polymer Training Skillnet

Network Sector

Manufacturing / Supply Chain

Network Region


Network Manager

Catherine Collins

Network Promoter

Polymer Technology Ireland

Network Contact

Sarah Dillon


090 647 1223


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Network Overview

First Polymer Training Skillnet is a Business Network that supports the use of polymer technologies within the medical device and manufacturing engineering sectors. The Network’s mission is to advance the growth of Ireland’s internationally recognised polymer industry through targeted talent development programmes.

Collaborating with industry, the Network designs, develops and delivers responsive, bespoke and flexible, subsidised upskilling courses to address the ongoing needs of businesses. First Polymer Training Skillnet is promoted by Polymer Technology Ireland, an Ibec business association. The Network is open to private businesses in the polymer processing, medical device and manufacturing engineering sectors.

Supports to businesses

  • Assist businesses to identify and address current and future skills needs 
  • Information regarding successful approaches to learning and talent development 
  • Guidance on achieving value for money when investing in learning and development 
  • Strategic programmes that enhance business innovation and sectoral competitiveness 
  • Flexible training and education programmes customised to the needs of the sector 
  • Innovative programme design and development 
  • Leadership programmes for business owners and executives 
  • Certified and non-certified technical training 
  • Training relating to communication, problem-solving and other core skills 
  • Advice on gauging the effectiveness of training 
  • Access to a network of businesses within the sector 
  • Conferences, seminars, and other informal learning and networking events 

“The First Polymer Training Skillnet is a critical pillar of our sector. It provides relevant and practical training in the areas of expertise in which we focus. Their helpful can-do attitude is a fantastic support to us and our staff. The training they provide is always well organised, superbly delivered and in line with our requirements.”

Andrea Cawley - Automatic Plastics

“I have been involved with First Polymer Training Skillnet since the start and it has been a fulfilling and rewarding venture. The Network has supported the polymer industry at all levels and provided essential training and education at times when the industry needs it. The Network is very responsive to the training needs of the industry and very supportive in ensuring delivery of the highest standards. First Polymer Training Skillnet has been innovative in the methods of delivery in an ever-changing environment while still managing to deliver affordable and accessible courses.”

Pat Whyte - Irish Micro Mouldings

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