Unrivalled talent pool

The high standard of Irish education is recognised around the world. All school leavers study a second language and with half the population under 35, our dependency ratio is among the most favourable in Europe.

There are nine leading third-level colleges and universities within 120 minutes commute, all experientially adept at producing graduates with the skills required to meet industry needs. A strong culture and tradition of collaboration from research, development and internship perspectives has proven to be a key factor in the success of companies who have already relocated to and expanded globally from Tipperary.

National colleges
and universities

Tipperary is unique because of its unrivalled accessibility to the most renowned universities and colleges.

It has never been easier to tailor your needs through collaboration in research and development, internship programmes or choosing from highly skilled graduates who can instantly benefit your business needs.

The availability of a talented workforce is a primary concern for any business seeking to invest in a location. Young, educated people have long been regarded at one of Ireland’s greatest assets. That’s why the country’s third-level colleges are tuned into the needs of business, and experientially adept at producing graduates with the skills current to industry needs.

Ireland ranks 7th of the 61 countries benchmarked in the 2016 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook and has achieved top ranking position in the following indicators:

  • 1st for Real GDP Growth
  • 1st for Flexibility and Adaptability of people
  • 1st for Real GDP Growth per capita
  • 1st for Investment Incentives
  • 1st National Culture
  • 1st for Finance Skills
  • ETB operates programmes at levels 4-5 in 10 major towns
  • 11,000 learners in further education
  • Over 400 apprentices on programmes via 250 employers
  • All ETB courses levels 4-6 incorporate work placements

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

SFI has 12 cutting-edge SFI Research Centres of excellence and impact throughout the country.

A key objective of Science Foundation Ireland’s Agenda 2020 is to develop a set of world-leading, large-scale research centres that will provide major economic impact for Ireland. These 12 SFI Research Centres are focused on delivering scientific excellence with economic and societal impact – pharma, big data, medical devices, nanotechnology/materials, marine renewable energy, food for health/functional foods, perinatal fesearch, applied geosciences, software, digital content, telecommunications and medical devices SFI research centres link scientists and engineers in partnerships across academia and industry to address crucial research questions, foster the development of new and existing Irish-based technology companies, attract industry, and expand educational and career opportunities in Ireland in science and engineering. Over 200 companies are involved in collaborations with the centres.

Conor Russell
Boston Scientific

 Boston Scientific chose Tipperary, the talented workforce, the graduates and the education system. Ireland produces phenomenal talent