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    About First Polymer Training Skillnet

    First Polymer Training (FPT) Skillnet operates as a training network for the  Plastics Industry in Ireland  and is funded under the government's Skillnets initiative.

    The aim of FPT Skillnet is to deliver training that is focused on the specific needs of the plastics industry and includes certification and development.


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    Get the training you need by upskilling in the Plastics  sector and/or region you work in, at a subsidised cost to your company.  There are clear progression paths from Level 5  right up to Level 7 and additional networking opportunities with your industry peers on our programmes.

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  • Jobseekers
    All our courses are FREE to Jobseekers subject to availability and meeting the criteria.

    There is a shortage of experienced polymer technicians and engineers in the plastics industry. We offer FREE training (subject to availability), providing you with the skills that the plastics industry is looking for.

    Specific courses are also delivered each year to cater purely for jobseekers to facilitate upskilling, to address shortages the industry is experiencing in polymer technician and engineering roles.                                                                                                                                             Free Injection Moulding and Manufacturing Skills  Dates 14th – 18th August & 28th August - 01st September & 7th - 8th September 2017 (12 days)               


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  • New to Plastics?

    Plastics Materials & Processing for Medical Devices

    This programme is also suitable for anyone who wishes to know more about plastics materials and how they are processed and tested. Validation is also covered on this programme and it is becoming much more important across general manufacturing and not just in the manufacture of medical devices.

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Certificate/Degree in Polymer Processing

Level 6 & Level 7


5S, SMED, Injection
Moulding 1 & 2

First Polymer Training SKILLNET

Pictured L to R: Lorna O’Gara (Ultra Polymers), Trevor Thornton (Trend Technologies), Chris Smith (Teknor Apex), Jeff Hobbins (Ultra Polymers), Carl Mendonca (Ultra Polymers), Padraic Lunn (PEXTT), David Howard (IPC) , Katie Heydon (NCC), Catherine Collins (First Polymer Training Skillnet) and Vincent Keogh (JL Goor Materials).

On 16 February 2017 First Polymer Training Skillnet hosted a Medical Polymers and Processing Technology seminar at its training centre in Athlone. Over 40 companies attended on the day to hear about material selection for medical applications, medtech regulatory changes and increasing challenges in processing.

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What our trainees say about us

I must say I was very impressed with course last week and the content of it was very good it relates to a lot to what we do here and it give me the science behind what I had been trying to do before so I would definitely recommend the course to other people ,I think the course should take the five days as there is a lot to cover but other than that it was brilliant.(Injection Moulding Module 4 February 2017)


Having been out of the mainstream workplace for a number of years it is always fairly daunting going back. First Polymer Training however, we’re just the boost I needed. Not only were their courses so informative, relevant and professional in their delivery but the staff involved were so supportive and encouraging in every aspect. So much so that just six weeks after completing the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course I am now in a full time position as a Quality Engineer. I can’t thank them enough for all their help.  (2016)


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