Siemens and Engineers Ireland forge life sciences training pact
Siemens CEO Gary O’Callaghan with Caroline Spillane, director general at Engineers Ireland. Image: Julien Behal

Siemens and Engineers Ireland forge life sciences training pact

8 May 2017424 Views

Siemens-certified training courses will benefit life sciences and food industries.

Engineers Ireland and Siemens are partnering up to deliver training services – aka Sitrain – to the life sciences sector, as well as the food and beverage industry, in Ireland.

The pair will offer a wide range of Sitrain courses on a variety of topics, from programmable logic controllers (critical for the automation of many processes) to automation systems, process control systems, industrial communications, process instruments and analytics, drive technologies, and digitalisation programmes.

‘With 160,000 people employed in Irish manufacturing, it’s a critical sector for our economy’

This initiative, part of Siemens’ commitment to excellent customer support, complements Engineers Ireland’s strategic objective of increasing the technical skills base in the high-tech manufacturing sector, as well as career development for engineers and technicians based in Ireland.

Transforming Irish manufacturing

“With 160,000 people employed in Irish manufacturing, it’s a critical sector for our economy,” said Gary O’Callaghan, chief executive of Siemens.

“Digitalisation is transforming Irish manufacturing, allowing increased competitiveness, shorter time to market and increased flexibility of production.

“Investing in technology training is a key priority for Irish manufacturers as the digitalisation of industry demands the intelligent use of ‘big data’ combined with automation and process know-how.”

Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland, said the partnership will ensure that the highest standards of professional and practical training are provided.

“As an organisation, Siemens realises the value of continuing professional development (CPD) and this initiative is a terrific endorsement of its commitment to CPD,” Spillane said.

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