Are you looking for information in your field or thinking of a career move into a new sector? We are very pleased to announce that the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Galway on 24th February at the Galmont Hotel & Spa (formerly the Radisson Blu).

Workplace Relations is an independent, statutory body. On 1st October 2015 WRC were set up under the Workplace Relations Act 2015 (No. 16 of 2015). Their purpose is to educate and provide helpful information on industrial relations as well as rights and obligations under Irish employment and equality legislation.

WRC assumes the roles and functions previously carried out by:

Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) responsibilities

First and foremost, WRC is an advocate for the refinement and perpetuation of excellent workplace relations. The organisation also supports and encourages compliance with relevant enactments.

Additionally, the commission offers guidance in relation to compliance with codes of practice approved under Section 20 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015.

They also carry out reviews and follow up on workplace relations improvements. Furthermore, they conduct or commission research into matters pertaining to workplace relations.

The research results found by WRC,in addition to advice and information, are shared with joint labour committees and joint industrial councils. Furthermore, they advise and appraise the Minister in relation to the application of, and compliance with, relevant enactments. They also provide information to members of the public in relation to employment.

Workplace Relations principal services include the inspection of employment rights compliance, the provision of information, the processing of employment agency and protection of young persons (employment) licences as well as the provision of mediation, conciliation, facilitation and advisory services.

The Commission has a board composed of a chairperson and eight regular members appointed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.


Jobs Expo, Ireland’s largest careers event, returns to Galway this February and is set to be bigger than ever with thousands of jobs on offer from local, national and global employers recruiting at the event.

Up to 40 leading employers and educators as well as professional development experts are to take part in Jobs Expo Galway on Saturday 24th February at the Galmont Hotel & Spa (formerly the Radisson Blu Hotel). The event runs from 10am to 4pm and also offersfree talks and seminars along with free career advice. The event is free-of-charge to attend for those who register on

Medtech, STEM and Tourism

“Galway is an international medtech hub and the city has a thriving STEM sector. In addition, tourism has long been an important economic area. As a result, there is demand for skilled candidates in Galway city and the surrounding areas,” says Jobs Expo's Bronagh Cotter. “February’s Jobs Expo will have a great mix of local and international companies eager to meet skilled professionals. This includes multinationals such as Shire, MAPFRE and Shopify, plus Irish success stories like LotusWorks and the award winning Ashford Castle.”

Additional exhibitors include Valeo Vision Systems, Medtronic Advant Medical, Cardinal Health, Transitions Optical , Empire, NUI Galway, Merit Medical, FMI, Kelly Services, Travel Counsellors and Creganna Medical.

Specialised Zones

Jobs Expo Galway will be divided into five separate zones to make it easier for attendants to find the companies and jobs that interest them the most. The dedicated areas include:

The Jobs Lab – medtech and STEM jobs

The Digital City – opportunities for computer and IT specialists

The Mall – jobs in sales, retail and related areas

Go Global – career opportunities overseas

The Campus – education, training and upskilling opportunities

The bi-annual event will also include free career advice as well as a series of industry seminars. The Career Clinic will offer free career coaching from a team of qualified career counsellors while the Agenda Stage will offer free, topical talks by industry insiders.

Jobseekers can register for free admission by visiting

More Information

Bronagh Cotter

Jobs Expo Ireland

Tel: (01) 531 1280 / 087 646 3175


Are you interested in pursuing a career in medical technology? If so, then don’t miss your chance to meet Creganna Medical at Jobs Expo Galway on Saturday 24th February at the Galmont Hotel & Spa (formerly the Radisson Blu)

Creganna Medical specialise in minimally invasive delivery and access devices. The organisation renders the full spectrum of services to design, develop and deliver finished medical devices to market. They also offer outsourced solutions to medical device companies.

Creganna's objective is to help their customers to get to market faster and retain market advantage for longer. their practical and proven solutions reinforce this for every stage in the medical product lifecycle.


Creganna was established in 1979 in Ireland, primarily serving industries that supplied outsourced engineering solutions. In 1998, the company delved into the medical device sector. Five years later, Creganna decided to concentrate completely in the medical technology industry and divested its operations in all other fields.

Since 2000 the company has expanded immensely within the medical device sector. This advancement is due to the introduction of new products and technology as well as service enhancements, multiple locations and acquisitions.

Creganna became Creganna-Tactx Medical after acquiring Tactx Medical in 2010. And in 2012 they also acquired Irish company ABT Medical.

Additionally, the company established a Chinese representative office in 2013. As a result, the company built stronger relationships with its foreign and domestic customer base in Asia.

In 2014, the company acquired Precision Wire Components, a specialist in medical wire and coil. Effectively, it became the largest metals fabricator for minimally invasive delivery and access devices. It also added facilities in Costa Rica and Oregon to its global footprint.

Today Creganna Medical's network expands throughout four continents. Ireland is the base for the company's headquarters, where it operates as a private limited company.

Creganna Medical Careers

The dedicated team is the cornerstone of Creganna's accomplishments. It's a true testament to the company's culture that some of their staff have worked there for over 20 years. Creganna's goal is to create a working environment that encourages innovation and self-development across all boards. Staff are urged to develop new skills and enquire about necessary courses when needed.

Opportunities are plentiful for career progression and there for ambitious employees to avail of. In conclusion, the Europe Top 500 list acknowledges Creganna Medical for growth in job creation.

We are delighted to announce that Obair, Local Employment Service Network, are returning to Jobs Expo Galway. The Galmont Hotel & Spa (formerly the Radisson Blu) will be hosting the event between 10am and 4pm on Saturday February 24th. Entrance is free.


About Obair, Local Employment Service Network

Are you currently unemployed and living in Galway? Obair, Local Employment Service Network show those in need of work or education where to start looking for work. They also direct their clients to essential training and courses. They also offer guidance and job-hunting advice. Additionally, Obair can assist with training and educational options.
Free Quality Services
Obair, the Local Employment Service Network, provides a variety of valuable services. These are free of charge and include the following:
Whether you are eager to find work or return to education, having support and guidance in weighing up your options is a great benefit.
Imagine, your office was an 800 year old castle steeped in history. . . The grandiose hotel will be exhibiting and recruiting at Jobs Expo Galway on Saturday 24th February 2018.
Ashford Castle lays across 350 acres of exquisite landscape and overlooks Lough Corrib. The hotel exceeds in excellence. Service and hospitality is first class, demonstrating five star luxury and fine dining. Consequently, Ashford Castle remains one of the most refined hotels in Europe and was recently voted the “Best Hotel in the World.”
A (very) brief history of Ashford Castle
The 800 year old castle was built in thirteenth century by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family. The history and evolution of Ashford Castle is vast and detailed. In 1852, the Guinness family acquired the castle. The new owners spread the building and the estate over the landscape as well as planted thousands of trees. The castle opened as a hotel in 1939 after Noel Huggard bought the premises. In 1965, a group of Irish-American investors bought the hotel. Finally, in 2013 Red Carnation Hotels bought Ashford Castle and began serious renovations on the property. The iconic hotel reopened in April 2015 after a two-year renovation and restoration programme.
Food and Drink
Ashford Castle boasts a wide range of creative Irish cuisine using seasonal ingredients from the West of Ireland The luxurious hotel offers four dining rooms including the palatial George V Dining Room for fine dining and a casual bistro. Afternoon tea served in the sophisticated Connaught Room. A fruitful selection of fine wine from around the world is also available for guests to enjoy.
The hotel has several amenities and activities. There is an indoor pool, a spa, a cinema, 9-hole golf course, and a falconry school.
Furthermore, outdoor activities on the estate include:
Work at Ashford Castle
Employees, who work hard and express a passion for hospitality, are valued at Ashford Castle. Training is provided to all new staff members to help them achieve their career ambitions. Red Carnation Hotels was voted number 3 in the Sunday Times “Top 100 Companies to Work For (2016).”

Are you thinking of returning to education or upskilling? Ireland's part-time and evening course database,, will be taking part in Jobs Expo Galway on Saturday 24th February. is Ireland’s leading online education database offering part-time and evening classes as well as adult education courses. Their database has course options from hundreds of educational institutes across Ireland. They link students to courses, colleges and educational institutions.

Career and Hobby Courses

Do you want to kickstart your career, take it to the next level, change industry, learn a new skill or take up a hobby? has Ireland’s biggest selection of courses, as well as information on colleges, expert guidance and advice.

Upskilling does not always mean a degree. Firstly, you need to consider your goals, the skills most needed in the industry you want to work in, and your professional experience. Once you have done this, you can find the right course for you. simplifies the search process. Furthermore, they work closely with educational institutions to make sure they offer the latest information on courses.

Education Providers

Interest in continuing education and lifelong learning is growing. Because of that, over thousands of people use every day to search for courses. As Ireland’s most popular course search database, they help colleges and educators to connect with students. Educational institutions can showcase their courses as well as their successes and benefits.

Looking for FMI jobs? We are happy to announce that Ireland’s largest field marketing company, FMI, will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Galway. The event takes place on Saturday 24th February 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

FMI has offices in Dublin, Belfast and Cork.  They regularly deploy over 850 field staff on a weekly basis across the entire island. Because of their scale, FMI works with a wide variety of companies. Therefore FMI partners with smaller artisan retail suppliers right up to large blue chip organisations.


Firstly, FMI offers a complete end-to-end field solution. This includes everything from back end support systems right the way through to each personalised customer interaction. By using their services, clients are sure of a consistency of quality and service.


FMI are founder members of the European Field Marketing Partnership. They are also members of bodies CCMA, MSPA Europe, Sales Institute Ireland, Marketing Institute of Ireland and Retail NI. Therefore, they constantly have an eye on current and upcoming trends both within Ireland and across Europe.

Tailored Approach

FMI believes there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Therefore, they tailor bespoke solutions for their clients. As a result, they ensure maximum results and return on investment at all times.


Although FMI has Irish roots, they are an international business made up of over 50 nationalities. They believe that this diverse background gives them a unique perspective in Irish field marketing. Their cosmopolitan team allows them to bring energy and enthusiasm to the brands that they represent.

We are delighted to announce that Advant Medical will be exhibiting and recruiting at Jobs Expo Galway on Saturday 24th February. February's Jobs Expo Galway takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

About Advant Medical

Advant Medical specialise in medical device development and manufacturing solutions. Since 1993, they have delivered quality assured products and services to the medical device industry.

The company has a team experienced in a variety of disciplines. These include of 3D printing and injection moulding as well as product development, contract manufacturing and packaging services. As a result, they offer collective experience and integrated turnkey approach. They provide innovative solutions based on industry experience, regulatory knowledge, and extensive qualifications. In addition, they operate from ISO Class 8 clean room facilities.

Integrated services

Advant’s integrated services include:

They work with companies of all sizes including entrepreneurs, engineering and development groups, new start-ups, SME medical device companies and multinationals. They support companies at various stages of the product life cycle. Furthermore, Advant Medical has an excellent track record in quality, time delivery and customer service.

Careers at Advant Medical

Advant Medical believes that their people are their strength. Therefore, they encourage and develop all of their staff levels.

The company has a positive team environment. They also provide all employees with comprehensive on the job training. They also regularly encourage training programmes to develop staff skills.

We are happy to announce that Travel Counsellors will be exhibiting as well as recruiting at Jobs Expo Galway on Saturday 24th February 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

About Travel Counsellors

Travel Counsellors put the customer back at the heart of their travel experience. As a result, they create the perfect travel experiences for every customer, every time. This approach has also allowed them to build an unrivalled customer satisfaction score and amazing repeat business.

Join a successful travel company

Travel Counsellors have been empowering people to start their own travel businesses for over 20 years. They are a very successful travel home-working company. They are also part of a major global group with operations in seven countries:

The company recruits only the most professional people who are dedicated and passionate about travel. In addition, they assist, encourage and support individuals to build and develop their very own travel businesses from home.

The business model is simple. Firstly, their head office delivers an exceptional administration and back office support to its international network of Travel Counsellors. This, therefore, leaves you you free to deliver exceptional front-end customer service to your clients.

Never worked in travel before? Then join their Academy Training Programme to become a travel professional running your own business, with the help of an established company!


We are proud to announce that Merit Medical will be exhibiting, as well as recruiting, at Jobs Expo Galway on 24th February.

Founded in 1987, Merit Medical set out to build the world’s most customer-focused healthcare company. They do this by understanding customers’ needs, as well as innovating and delivering a diverse range of products. As a result, they improve the lives of people, families, and communities throughout the world.

Merit Medical Products

Merit Medical has a comprehensive offering of products used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease as well as many other non-vascular therapies. Merit’s primary products consist of:

Merit maintains a diverse, multi-campus manufacturing footprint in North America and Europe with a true global distribution network focused on delivering their products and technologies to their customers.

A career at Merit Medical

Careers at Merit Medical means being part of a customer-focused company in healthcare. Their goal is to hire and develop people that want to build something special through hard work, team effort, innovation, empowerment, and commitment.

Merit offers competitive salaries and benefits as well as a friendly work environment that rewards hard work.

Culture and Values

Merit’s culture is intense, fun, results driven, team oriented, and holds customer experience above all else. Therefore, they are passionate about proactively meeting the needs of their customers while building trust and loyalty to increase future value. Customer centricity demands constant innovation, evolution, and reinvention. Consequently, Merit innovates in all things.

We are proud to announce that Shire will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Galway. The event takes place on Saturday 24th February at the Radisson Blu Hotel.


Shire is a leading global biotechnology company with a focus on rare diseases. Founded in 1986, the company seeks to address unmet medical needs. Within the first two years of operation, it launched a range of supplemental calcium products to treat or prevent osteoporosis. After that, it began to develop innovative drug programmes. These treated patients with conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and end-stage renal failure.

Shire has continued to grow dramatically and expand its portfolio. After the acquisition of Baxalta in 2016, it became the world's leading global biotechnology company serving patients with rare diseases.

The company’s medicines are available in more than 100 countries. As a result, Shire is in a leading position to provide solutions globally that enable more patients and families around the world to live their lives to the fullest.

Career Opportunities

Shire offers significant opportunities to their employees. These include the opportunity to learn and grow their careers, as well as the chance to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people. The company has nearly 22,000 employees across more than 100 countries, and its employees make a difference around the world, as well as and give back to the communities in which they live and work.

Shire is an equal opportunity employer. The company recruits, develops and retains top talent who take a responsible and ethical approach and who want to make a difference in the lives of patients.

We are proud to announce that MAPFRE will be exhibiting as well as recruiting at Jobs Expo Galway this February.

About the Company

MAPFRE is a global insurance provider with headquarters in Madrid. In Ireland, the company operates a 24/7 customer service centre in its Irish headquarters in Galway city centre.

MAPFRE has a leading position in major global markets and does business in over 100 countries on all five continents. The company is the foremost multinational insurance group in Latin America. It is also a leader in non-life insurance in the region. In addition, MAPFRE is among the top 10 insurers in Europe. It is also one of the top 20 automobile insurance providers in the United States.

At the heart of MAPFRE’s operations are the company’s more than 37 million clients. Firstly, MAPFRE insures people: protecting their goods and managing their savings. They insure professionals and businesses, supporting them through the challenging times. Furthermore, the company covers major risks, placing the emphasis on prevention. They seek solutions that address new challenges, respond to major disasters and provide clients with full support by harnessing the latest technology.


MAPFRE has highly trained teams in place to ensure that they remain market leaders. They have around 37,000 employees of 78 nationalities, 84,000 brokers and 5,400 offices offering a comprehensive portfolio of products worldwide.

MAPFRE harnesses people power by integrating different generations of employees who work together making the most of the skills that each of them have. In addition, they design professional career plans, and a joint commitment between the company and its employees. As a result, the company is committed to the professional development of its employees, and the employees are committed to the organization's strategy and values. Furthermore, MAPFRE encourages the functional and geographic mobility of employees, which therefore develops a global and versatile team.

The company’s employment policy encourages permanent over temporary contracts. In 206, 96.5% of MAPFRE’s employees worldwide were on permanent contracts.

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