Prometric, which provides test development and delivery solutions, will establish a new business operation in Co Louth and hopes to grow it by 100 employees by 2014.
Test Development Solutions, its newly-organised global function, will be located in Dundalk, Co Louth. Prometrics expects that by establishing synchronised test development operations in the US, Europe and Asia, it will continue the double-digit revenue growth rates it achieved over the past three years.
“Today’s announcement by a leading technology company to locate a strategic part of its global business in Dundalk is a vote of confidence in Ireland,” said Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd.
“The creation of 100 high-quality jobs is hugely significant for the northeast region. I would like to assure Prometric of my Government’s fullest support as it grows its business in Dundalk,” he said.
Prometric’s new Irish operation will add to its current operations in the US, India and Japan. When complete, it will double the Prometric workforce dedicated to job task analyses, test item development, exam publishing, test score analysis and reporting and test publishing systems’ development.
Prometric also has an Irish subsidiary headquarters in Dublin, with more than 75 employees in Ireland.
“Our decision to invest in Ireland allows us to expand our employee base globally, work in closer proximity to many of our customers and to provide test development services virtually around the clock,” said Michael Brannick, president and CEO of Prometric.
“Over the past several years, we have made considerable investments expanding in Asia with good result. Making additional investments in Europe makes just as good business sense, as we operate a growing and global company.
“The science and technology underlying test development is absolutely critical to ensure the test publisher has developed a truly fair, reliable and valid exam.
“Well thought out test development solutions include frequently refreshed and current item content, as well as the processes by which exams are developed. We expect the team here in Ireland to lead global resources in the pursuit of more effective and innovative test content production,” he said.