US testing company Prometric has agreed to invest nearly €1m with Dublin City University (DCU), creating 40 jobs in Dundalk on the back of the new research partnership. Prometric’s investment will rise to €3.5m.
Prometric already has a strong presence in Dundalk, employing over 100 people in its test development, technology, operations and human resources team.
The new roles will add finance and customer service functions, as well as expand its operational side of things.
There’s a €550,000 capital expenditure as part of the investment, with a further €2m spent on workforce. It’s all supported by the IDA. In total, the expansion will bring Prometric’s entire Irish workforce to 168, with a smaller operation in Dublin.
With regards DCU’s side of things, the near €1m research programme will establish the college’s Centre for Assessment Research in Education (CARE) and develop test types that can better assess the preparedness of Irish students at all levels of education in the areas of critical thinking and skills assessment, in addition to knowledge recall.
Three jobs will be created on the DCU campus, with the programme be led by the Prometric chair of assessment, serving as director of the CARE Centre. One post-doctoral student and one PhD student will be hired in research roles.
“Prometric’s long-term commitment in Ireland is evidenced by the lasting relationships we have created, and we are realizing a return on our investments in the form of quality and efficiency improvement gains,” said Prometric CEO Michael Brannick.
“Our partnership with DCU represents an opportunity to help Ireland attract major global employers for the next decade by strengthening the talent already in the workforce and the students preparing for careers that require trusted licenses and certifications.
“The bonds we have created with our clients have made Ireland’s roads safer, medical care more prepared to save lives, energy more sustainable to support economic growth, and fostered greater trust in the financial system.”
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