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The medical devices sector is very important for Ireland. The sector produces a great variety of high value-added products and it provides significant high skilled employment here. With the growth in Ireland's medtech sector, it is important that we have skilled and adaptable workforce to meet this demand. In 2013 the sector exported products to the value of €8 billion, making Ireland one of the largest exporters of medical technologies in Europe. The sector employs over 25,000 people, which makes Ireland, per capita, the biggest medical technology employer in the European Union. While the sector faces challenges – as do other industries – there are many reasons to be confident of its future success. Inward investment into the medical devices sector in Ireland is continuing.

Ireland leads in the skills race with a higher percentage of 3rd Level Graduates than the UK, the US and OECD averages. An EIU Benchmarking Competitiveness Report ranks Dublin as the best city in the world for human capital. Ireland’s workforce is a dynamic and flexible, we can work in multi-disciplinary teams and with different cultures.

Companies located in Ireland benefit from barrier-free access to over 500 million consumers in Europe, one of the largest markets in the world (c23% of global GDP). English is the universal spoken language. The country is a highly developed multi-cultural community and a leading member of the Eurozone.

The Irish Government are committed to enhancing Ireland’s manufacturing competitiveness in Ireland and as such have established a cross sectorial Manufacturing forum with representatives from many stakeholders to work collaboratively to develop our infrastructure, competencies and skillsets here.

The availability of key skills and provision of industry specific, high quality, cost-effective training has been identified as a key driver for success under the Irish Medtech Association current Strategy. Since 2008 the Irish Medtech Association Skillnet has been extremely successful in developing niche bespoke programmes in direct response to industry needs. The Irish Medtech Association is the contracting organisation for Irish Medtech Association Skillnet.
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