In a boost to local employment, Prometric announced that they are set to exceed their previous employment expections, with 150 people set to be working at the centre by 2014
At the major announcement on Friday, Prometric CEO Michael Brannick was joined by representatives of the IDA, along with Minister for State Fergus O’Dowd and Labour Senator Mary Moran.
The jobs announcement also coincided with the official opening of the test development centre at the Finnabair Industrial Estate.
In an official statement the IDA commended the input and investment of Prometric in the local area.
“Prometric announced 100 jobs over three years in 2011 and since then the company has exceeded — in just six months — its jobs plan for all of 2012.
“Raising its Dundalk-based workforce to 52 professionals in test publishing, software engineering, business analysis, project analytics, executive and project management, human resources, finance and accounting.
“To date, Prometric has made a talent investment of €2.5 million and €800,000 in construction of its global test development operations centre.”
Officiating at the company’s opening ceremony, Minister O’Dowd said, “Today’s announcement is an important indicator for economic strength in the North-East Region.
“Prometric serves as a possible case study for how the Irish government can encourage sustainable employment growth by leading global companies.
“I am encouraged by the early success Prometric has shown and look forward to future announcements of additional jobs creation.”
Senator Mary Moran was equally delighted with the announcement and the continued investment by the global company in the region.
“In just 6 months they have exceeded their jobs plan for all of 2012 with a workforce of 52 employed here in Dundalk, set to expand to 150 by 2014. I was especially delighted to see many local workers employed in Prometric.”
The Senator also reported that the Prometric CEO has been delighted with the abilities and skills of those in the Dundalk and North East area.
“The CEO and President of Prometric, Michael Brannick has stated that the company was able to find the right skills and talent in the Dundalk area,” stated Ms Moran, “thus benefiting their growth strategy for the integration of a European centre with their successful operations in Asia and North America.
“He commended the Government and the IDA for their role in cultivating jobs growth in the North-East.”
Prometric CEO Michael Brannick explained what the test centre in Dundalk will add to the company.
“The certification and licensure tests we develop in Dundalk will determine whether someone earns access to graduate school, gets a job as a software engineer, operates a successful business as an auto repair technician or is able to practice medicine as a physician, nurse or other healthcare professional.”
“Prometric thrives year after year by providing some of the world’s leading organisations fair, reliable and legally defensible solutions for putting the right people in the right jobs at the right time,” stated Brannick.