Our very own Bronagh Cotter spoke with Flirt FM Galway about the forthcoming Jobs Expo Galway on 22nd February, 2018. Here's what she had to say in the interview.


Deirdre Arnold from FIT will be discussing their New Tech Apprenticeships on the Agenda Stage at 12pm.

FIT will also be recruiting for the New Networks Engineer Tech Apprenticeship at their stand between 10am and 4pm.

People with tech skills are in demand not just in the IT sector – more and more jobs across industry require various levels of proficiency in IT.  A trend which is anticipated to grow as increasingly companies utilise technologies to manage their activities, market their products, communicate with their customers and increase productivity.

Emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are creating daily, new industrial sectors, way beyond the prospects of driverless cars, delivery by drones etc., resulting in the creation of new roles, skill sets and career paths across all sectors of the economy, which are expected to grow exponentially in the coming years.

As part response to these current and emerging tech career opportunities, FIT was recently appointed Coordinating Provider by the national Apprenticeship Council for the delivery of two technology apprenticeships at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).  Built on a proto-type that was ‘road-tested’ with over 150 leading technology companies sponsoring 249 successful participants, the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship programme commencing in early 2018 facilitates two tracks of technology training nationwide:

The first six months of the programme are intensive college-based learning where apprentices are
equipped with the necessary technical acumen. The remaining 18 months are a combination of on-the-
job experience supplemented with college-based instruction.

All training costs of the apprentices are covered by the State. FIT manages all aspects of the programme
and coordinates employer input.
Participating companies pay candidates throughout the apprenticeship and facilitate the on-the- job
learning, thereby enabling apprentices generate added value through honing their knowledge, skills and
competencies in real-time while contributing to product development, technological advancement and
talent development.

Apprentices employed under contract may generally receive remuneration to the value of €260 - €290 the first
year and €340 - €385 p.w. in year two.

On successful completion of the programme qualified tech apprentices will typically progress into full-time positions within their sponsoring companies thereby enhancing the talent portfolio while increasing productivity and competitiveness in those enterprises.

Don’t miss your chance to learn about jobs at Surmodics at Jobs Expo Galway in February 2017.

Surmodics offers advanced technologies which enable as well as enhance medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The company acts as a collaborative strategic partner offering solutions to their clients. As a result, they help their clients go from concept to commercialisation faster by leveraging their proven experience. Therefore, they improve patient lives and support customer objectives through technology innovation.

The company’s history of collaborative innovation began with three scientists. They came together to use their organic, photochemical, and immunodiagnostic expertise to develop and commercialise diagnostic and medical products.

History of Surmodics

Established as Bio-Metric Systems in 1979, Surmodics has since shifted its strategic objective from contract research to the commercialisation of its unique PhotoLink® surface modification and immobilization technologies. Furthermore, in 1990, they added the marketing of biomolecule stabilisation products.

In July 1997, the company changed its name to Surmodics, Inc. They became a public company on March 4, 1998.

In August 2007, Surmodics further broadened its product portfolio within the in vitro diagnostic market after they acquired BioFX Laboratories.

Today, Surmodics focuses its expertise in two ways:

Surmodics in Ireland

In June 2016, Surmodics announced that they were to create 100 new jobs in Ireland over the next five years. The expansion is part of a major €7m investment by the company into its Irish facility. Furthermore, the company is to invest another €9.5m into two research and development projects at the Galway base.

We have a variety of great talks on this Saturday’s Agenda Stage. Here is the Jobs Expo Galway seminar list. Don’t forget, the seminars are first-come-first-served. Therefore, make a note of the seminars you want to attend and get in early.

Your Galway seminars include:

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Time for the Jobs Expo Galway career coaches list… As well as a slew of companies recruiting at the event, there’s free professional development advice at the Career Clinic. Here is a rundown of the professional development experts taking part in the Career Clinic. They will be on hand to assist with issues like CV writing, interview skills and changing career direction.

Stay up to date with all the Jobs Expo news

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You can also download our app for iPhone and Android phones.

Time for the Jobs Expo Galway exhibitor list… We’re getting ready for Jobs Expo Galway at the Galmont Hotel & Spa (formerly the Radisson Blu) from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. As well as a slew of companies recruiting at the event, there’s free professional development advice at the Career Clinic. In addition, we have a range of free seminars on the Agenda Stage.


Medtech, IT, retails, public services and more – here’s the exhibitor list for Jobs Expo Galway.

Stay up to date with all the Jobs Expo news

To receive news and updates about jobs in Ireland directly into your Inbox, sign up to our newsletters by visiting follow the signup to our newsletter instructions. In addition, you can register for Jobs Expo Galway, Dublin or Cork visit

You can also download our app for iPhone and Android phones.

Intreo  is a single point of contact for all employment and income supports and is a service provided by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Designed to provide a more streamlined approach, Intreo offers practical, tailored employment services and supports for jobseekers and employers alike. Intreo provides a wide range of services to employers at no cost to the company. These services include access to skilled and job ready candidates as well as employment support and advice on a National and European level.

Intreo provides jobseekers with expert assistance and advice on employment, training and personal development opportunities. We also provide information to jobseekers on financial supports available to employers including funding available for the employment of people with disabilities. Our EURES service provides jobseekers with the prospect of accessing job opportunities across Europe. Jobseekers can access details of National and European vacancies on


JobsIreland- For Jobseekers

JobsIreland provides jobseekers with access to thousands of jobs on a daily basis. Jobs Ireland advertises jobs for employers across all sizes and business sectors right through from entry level  to senior executive positions. Finding your perfect job can be difficult but JobsIreland is here to help. Tell us about your skills and experience and JobsIreland will match them against current vacancies and notify you of the results. Once you register an account on JobsIreland your skills and previous work experiences are matched against current employment vacancies and you will be notified of the results.

Thinking about working abroad? JobsIreland is connected with the EURES Job Mobility Portal which currently lists over a million job vacancies across Europe.

We also provide you with access to career advice and tips on CV and interview preparation. If you’re not in the market for a job right now, we are happy to share information on employment trends and future skills needs.

JobsIreland is easy to use, available 24/7 and Free! Register now on


More than 40 leading employers and educators, as well as professional development experts, will take part in Jobs Expo Galway this Saturday 24th February at the Galmont Hotel. The event runs from 10am to 4pm and also includes free talks and seminars along with free career advice. Jobs Expo Galway is free-of-charge to attend.

Employers will include global employers such as Medtronic, Valeo, Cardinal Health, Shire Pharmaceuticals and Shopify and local employers such as Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Empire Marketing, LotusWorks, Surmodics. State and regulatory bodies such as the Workplace Relations Commission, Department of Social Protection & Family and Obair will also be in attendance, seeking to recruit on the day.

The jobs fair, being described as the West's leading jobs and recruitment fair, will cover opportunities in developing areas such as Medtech, Retail, Pharma, Computers & IT, Construction, Public Sector, Smart Data, Ecommerce, Hotel, Leisure & Tourism and more

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 strong demand for skilled candidates in Galway city and the surrounding areas,” says Jobs Expo's Bronagh Cotter. “This weekend's Jobs Expo will have a great mix of local and international companies eager to meet skilled professionals. This includes multinationals such as Medtronic, Valeo, Shire, MAPFRE and McDonalds, plus Irish success stories like LotusWorks and the award winning Ashford Castle.”
Additional exhibitors include Advant Medical, Cardinal Health, Marketo, Empire, NUI Galway, Merit Medical, FMI, Kelly Services, Travel Counsellors and Innopharma.

Specialised Zones

Jobs Expo Galway will be divided into five separate zones to make it easier for job-seekers 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 event will include the Career & CV Clinic, where visitors can receive free career coaching from a team of qualified career counsellors. Meanwhile, the Agenda Stage will offer a day of free, topical talks by industry insiders.

Jobseekers can register for free admission by visiting




Shire Pharamaceuticals
Cardinal Health
Merit Medical
Cregg Recruitment
Ashford Castle
Advant Medical
Lotus Works
TCP Group
Height for Hire
Ballynahinch Castle
Antares Vision
Kelly Recruitment
Manpower Ireland
Irish Medtech Association
Creganna Medical
Merit Medical
Transisitions Optical
NUI Galway
RSA Group
Travel Counsellors
Empire Marketing
Workplace Relations
Department of Social Protection


More Information
Bronagh Cotter
Jobs Expo Ireland
Tel: (01) 531 1280 / 087 646 3175

Photo: At the launch of Jobs Expo Galway at the Galmont Hotel:

Eavan Cahill, Valeo
Niamh Rooney, Medtronic
Kevin Branigan, Jobs Expo Galway
Eimear Dalton, Merit Medical
Cian Mahony, Medtronic
Bronagh Cotter, BCS Recruitment

We are pleased to announce that CERENOVUS have come aboard the Jobs Expo Galway. They will be exhibiting, as well as recruiting, at the Galmont Hotel & Spa on Saturday 24th February.

Meet the new face of neurovascular care within Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices. The Codman Neurovascular business, including the recent acquisitions of Pulsar Vascular Inc., and Neuravi Limited, are now known as CERENOVUS. The new name derives from the Latin words for ‘new’ and ‘brain’.

CERENOVUS has a bold vision to change the trajectory of stroke. Their promise to customers is to continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in stroke care, so that stroke is no longer a life sentence for patients.

The Neuravi Thromboembolic Initiative (nTI) strives to develop new insights into occlusive stroke clots through interdisciplinary and collaborative research.

Their commitment to understanding the challenge may help doctors advance stroke therapy with better device and procedural solutions.

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Social Protection will be joining us at Jobs Expo Galway on 24th February at the Galmont Hotel & Spa (formerly the Radisson Blu).

The Department of Social Protection supports the Minister for Social Protection with governmental, parliamentary and departmental duties. Their principal tasks are:

The Department serves a plethora of clients from diverse backgrounds. This includes employed as well as unemployed people. Additionally, they work with families, people with disabilities, carers and pensioners. They administer over 70 different schemes and services. As a result, the Department impacts the lives of almost everyone in Ireland.


Intreo is a new service from the Department of Social Protection. It is a single point of contact for employment and income support. Therefore, it provides a streamlined approach. As a result, Intreo offers practical, tailored employment services and supports for both jobseekers and employers.

EURES: Working in Europe

EURES is the European Job Mobility Portal.  It is a network that facilitates the free movement of workers across the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. They also provide specific information and help employers and workers fill and find roles.

Learning and Upskilling

The Department helps also jobseekers gain new skills through training or education. It does this through providing courses for the unemployed. These include the Springboard+ and Momentum courses amongst others. In addition, the Department also offers back to education supports and training support grants.

Recruitment gurus, Manpower, are offering Jobs Expo Galway attendees the chance to win a FREE CV Health Check. The first 50 people who send Manpower their CV, whether it be physically at the event or digitally via LinkedIn or email will get free CV evaluation. Their professional consultants will help in editing and elaborating on how to present the perfect curriculum vitae.

Furthermore, Manpower are offering a top prize of 1 hour of free career coaching with Right Management top consultants. This hour consists of a professional consultant answering any career-related queries, helping edit CV and working at mapping out a career path. To be in chance to win this great opportunity one must enter the Manpower raffle running for the duration of the expo.

Get your head start by uploading your CV to the Jobs Expo jobs board here.

We are delighted to announce that Antares Vision will be exhibiting and recruiting at Jobs Expo Galway. Meet them on Saturday 24th February at the Galmont Hotel & Spa (formerly the Radisson Blu).

Antares Vision delivers the most comprehensive and scalable global solution in inspection systems, track & trace and smart data management, leading the complete process of protecting the products throughout their life-cycle.

Their expertise comes from visual inspection systems, evolving to fully automated inspection machines, through the first-in-the-world standalone modules developed for serialization, up to a scalable and complete platform for trace-ability now opening its horizon to a wider scope of data management and their inter-connectivity.

Antares Vision strongly believe in strategic research and development, and in thinking out of the box. Their business model is focused on developing breakthrough technologies together with universities, centres of research, consortia and associations.

The company's headquarters are located in Italy and guarantees global presence through branch offices strategically located in France, Germany, USA, Brazil and South Korea and a network of qualified partners operating across more than 50 countries worldwide to provide local support. Their multi- disciplinary team counts more than 400 people all over the world.

Antares Vision constant innovation made them become the natural choice for many applications in the most demanding sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, food & beverage.
They fixed new challenging goals for the future, continuously developing and improving their best qualities: outstanding competence, incomparable courage, true passion and dedication to their customers, fueled every day with the most genuine passion of having fun in what they are doing.

Let them meet your talent! Join our team!

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