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Free & 90% Funded Programmes under Springboard Initiative

The Springboard initiative is now open for applicants commencing programmes in September 2021 and all applicants can now receive funding towards their programme whether in employment or actively seeking employment

What is Springboard + ?
 
Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014 - 2021. Springboard + provides free higher education courses in areas of identified skills needs to unemployed people, those previously self-employed and those returning to work.
 

How much does the programme cost?

Courses will be free for employed people on NFQ Level 6 courses. For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee will be funded by the Government, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

Will the programme affect my social welfare benefits?

The programme has no effect on a candidate’s social welfare benefits.

Candidates who wish to participate in Springboard + 2021 will find full details on the approved courses on the dedicated information and applications website springboardcourses.ie

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Springboard + at NIBRT

NIBRT programmes are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the biopharmaceutical industry and the job seeking candidate including:

 

  • A strong track record of NIBRT candidates obtaining employment in the pharma / biopharma sector
  • Hands-on practical placements in NIBRT’s award winning facilities to provide candidates with the practical skills and experience required by Industry.
  • Modules in career support and development.
  • Instructors with extensive experience in training the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Placements in Industry for top performing Springboard graduates.
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Current Springboard Courses

This postgraduate certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge required to be involved in the commissioning of equipment and utilities used in biopharmaceutical plants.

This postgraduate certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge required to be involved in the commissioning of equipment and utilities used in biopharmaceutical plants. It will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to perform commissioning of a bioprocessing plant, and the equipment related to the biotechnology industry.

This course is particularly suited to individuals who are looking to enter the commissioning and validation space in the (bio)pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. Biopharmaceutical processing is a rapidly growing sector within the life-sciences industry, with immense opportunities for graduates. Global manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals has increased significantly over the last decade.
This programme will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges in the commissioning of biopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. As a result, graduates can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities in a large and growing industry. Upon completion of the programme students will have achieved an internationally recognised qualification which is highly relevant to the biopharma and biotechnology industry.

Course Information
NFQ level L9 Certificate in Commissioning, Qualification and Validation
Award L9
Provider NIBRT
Delivery Blended
Duration 9 months
Application closing date 13th August 2021
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This online course has been designed in conjunction with the biopharmaceutical industry, with whom NIBRT/IT Sligo are closely aligned.

This online course has been designed in conjunction with the biopharmaceutical industry, with whom NIBRT/IT Sligo are closely aligned. The course is designed to introduce current manufacturing processes, good manufacturing practices and current industry trends to the participants. The course is aimed at process operators, technicians, technologists, and production team leaders, primarily seeking employment or wishing to upskill in the bioprocessing and cleanroom areas.

The modules offered in this programme include Upstream Processing, Downstream Processing, Sterile Fill Finish and Bioanalytics. These modules have been developed in consultation with the biopharmaceutical industry in Ireland to ensure the course offers the skills and experience that is required for this growing industry sector.
This course is unique. It is part of a suite of award-winning courses offered by NIBRT/IT Sligo (Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellence Awards). It is a blend of the latest cutting-edge academic modules in (bio)pharmaceutical processing and Job Readiness modules and includes exposure to a state of the art and award-winning industrial biopharma training facility, NIBRT.

Course Information
NFQ level L6
Award L6 Cert in Biopharmaceutical Processing
Provider NIBRT/IT Sligo
Delivery Online
Duration 9 months
Application closing date 13th August 2021
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This course is particularly suited for science and engineering graduates or employees who wish to join validation roles in the (bio)pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, and is designed to provide education at postgraduate level in aspects of pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical validation technology to scientists, engineers and other professionals who operate in this industry.

This course is particularly suited for science and engineering graduates or employees who wish to join validation roles in the (bio)pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, and is designed to provide education at postgraduate level in aspects of pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical validation technology to scientists, engineers and other professionals who operate in this industry.
Biopharmaceutical processing is a rapidly growing sector within the life-sciences industry, with immense opportunities for graduates. Global manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals has increased significantly over the last decade and this programme will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges in the validation of pharma/biopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. As a result, graduates can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities in a large and growing industry. Upon completion of the programme students will have achieved an internationally recognised qualification which is highly relevant to the pharma/biopharma industry and graduates of the course are well equipped to take up positions as validation professionals and managers in the pharmaceutical and related industries.

Course Information
NFQ level 9
Award Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Validation Technology
Provider NIBRT/TU Dublin
Delivery Online
Duration 14 months
Application closing date 13th August 2021
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Biopharmaceutical Science involves study of the discovery, development and processing of modern, medical drugs by artificially growing some or all of the components utilising cell culture technologies

The aim of this postgraduate certificate is to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills required to become part of the Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology workforce. This has been achieved by designing a programme in conjunction with the (bio)pharma industry, with whom NIBRT is closely aligned. Subjects including bioanalytics, lean sigma, facility design, biopharma validation and biocontamination control are included in this programme to provide students with the requisite knowledge, skills and professional competencies required to be part of the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology workforce.

This course is particularly suited to individuals who are looking to enter the (bio)pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. Biopharmaceutical processing is a rapidly growing sector within the life-sciences industry, with immense opportunities for graduates. Global manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals has increased significantly over the last decade.
This programme will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principal scientific and engineering challenges in the manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products. As a result, graduates can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities in a large and growing industry. Upon completion of the programme students will have achieved an internationally recognised qualification which is highly relevant to the biopharma and biotechnology industry.

Course Information
NFQ level 9
Award L9 Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Processing
Provider NIBRT
Delivery Online
Duration 9 months
Application closing date 13th August 2021
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Biopharmaceutical Science involves study of the discovery, development and processing of modern, medical drugs by artificially growing some or all of the components utilising cell culture technologies.

The aim of this postgraduate certificate is to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills required to become part of the Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology workforce. This has been achieved by designing a programme in conjunction with the (bio)pharma industry, with whom NIBRT is closely aligned. Subjects including cell culture, protein purification, bioprocess scale up and technology transfer, regulatory affairs and research methods are included in this programme to provide students with the requisite knowledge, skills and professional competencies required to be part of the pharma, biopharma and biotechnology workforce.

This course is particularly suited to individuals who are looking to enter the (bio)pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. Biopharmaceutical processing is a rapidly growing sector within the life-sciences industry, with immense opportunities for graduates. Global manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals has increased significantly over the last decade.
This programme will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principal scientific and engineering challenges in the manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products. As a result, graduates can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities in a large and growing industry. Upon completion of the programme students will have achieved an internationally recognised qualification which is highly relevant to the biopharma and biotechnology industry.

Course Information
NFQ level 9
Award L9 Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Science
Provider IT Sligo/NIBRT
Delivery Online
Duration 9 months
Application closing date 13th August 2021
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What are the job opportunities in the biopharma industry?

The Biopharmaceutical industry has made a capital investment of approximately $8 billion in new facilities in Ireland, most of which has come in the last 10 years.
This represents close to the biggest wave of investment in new BioTech facilities anywhere in the world. Ireland is now the 7th largest exporter of medicine and pharmaceutical products in the world, with the amount of products exported annually reaching €39bn.
Graduates from NIBRT’s Springboard courses are well positioned for opportunities in the related pharma, medical devices and food science industries.
NIBRT also holds an annual Careers in Biopharma jobs fair.

Application process

As places are limited, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as the program is officially launched. Courses start in August-September 2021 and candidates should apply via www.springboardcourses.ie (use “NIBRT” as keyword to search for the course of interest) Please contact springboard@nibrt.ie and we'd be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

Course Level Guidelines

  • Level 6 courses are suitable for candidates with Leaving Cert or equivalent qualifications
     
  • Level 9 courses are suitable for candidates with an honours degree in science, engineering or related discipline
Registration:

Places on these courses are allocated on a first come, first served basis and the courses fill rapidly

Candidates are encouraged to apply today via www.springboardcourses.ie

NIBRT Springboard+ Queries

Please contact springboard@nibrt.ie

NIBRT Safety

NIBRT provides a “one stop shop” for the bioprocessing Industry’s training requirements. We provide a dynamic catalogue of course content from which we build unique training solutions for our Clients.

Those attending a NIBRT training or research event or class must complete a comprehensive safety program.

To learn more please watch this video.