SOURCE: Prometric


December 02, 2015 14:46 ET

Prometric Embraces Local Talent to Advance Global Enterprise

40 Former DkIT Graduates Contributing to Major Advancements in Test Development and Delivery that Reach 160 Countries

DUNDALK, IRELAND--(Marketwired - Dec 2, 2015) - Prometric, which has grown its workforce to 168 in Ireland, has a close relationship with the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) and employs 40 former students who have earned their degrees from the Institute. These employees demonstrate the value and talent Ireland offers multi-national employers, such as Prometric, which is based in the U.S and operates in more than 160 countries.

Garrett Sherry, Prometric's Vice President and General Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said, "Prometric has invested more than EUR 75 million in Ireland over our past 10 years of operation. From the very outset of our plan to establish an Operations Centre in County Louth, in late 2011, we valued DkIT as a rich source of talent. The contributions our DkIT hires are making have not only supported our business growth, but connected Prometric closely with our community here in Louth and Ireland as a whole."

Former graduates of DkIT have made their mark with Prometric in the following areas:

  • Test Development: Hundreds of thousands of professionals worldwide are credentialed through certification and licensing programmes resting on the foundations provided by job analyses and other test development services conducted by Prometric.

  • Test Delivery: Prometric is changing how the world can create jobs and protect consumers. Its latest partnership with BTL Learning and Assessment will bring new levels of accuracy and test publishing speeds, making tests more valuable to any organisation looking to hire qualified professionals and individuals looking to validate their knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Finance: Being a responsible corporate citizen, paying employees on time across multiple geographies, providing capital to invest in people and future growth all depend on Prometric's team of finance professionals.

  • Customer Service: Millions of people register for and complete exams with Prometric each year in order to gain employment or entry to university, and the company has a 99.8 percent candidate satisfaction rating.

DkIT, for its part, graduates approximately 1,400 students annually, with half continuing on to higher level programmes and half entering the job market. Denis Cummins, President of Dundalk Institute of Technology, said,

"Dundalk Institute of Technology has benefited greatly from a very positive relationship with Prometric since they established their European base in Dundalk. Prometric have engaged directly with staff and students at the Institute and this has resulted in a large number of our graduates being employed by Prometric.

Prometric has also been very open to providing high quality work placements to current students, particularly those from the Computer Science Department. The Institute has also benefited from the input of Prometric expertise into our course development ensuring that our curricula remain up to date and relevant. Prometric have provided software to the Institute so that our staff and students could gain experience on BETA testing software.

In summary, Prometric have been an exemplar of best practice in a model of industry/higher education collaboration and have enriched the educational experience of our students."

Brendan Gallagher, who oversees operations at the Dundalk facility and is himself a former graduate of DkIT, said, "Having graduated from DkIT myself, I am very familiar with the great work the Institute does not only in educating their students in their chosen discipline, but also in preparing them for entry into the workplace. The fact that we have 40 people on our team who have come through DkIT is a reflection of that work, the talent available locally, and our commitment to supporting that talent in the form of highly skilled jobs."

In addition to full-time staff, Prometric brings in six interns from DkIT each year and gives them real-world practice related to their degree programmes, such as Computer Science, in order to prepare them for quality jobs once they complete their studies. Cornelia Connolly, Ph.D., Lecturer of Computing and Mathematics and DkIT's liaison with Prometric for its internship programme, said,

"Prometric and the Department of Computing and Mathematics go back for a number of years, when Prometric set up offices in Dundalk.

Prometric have been a keen industrial supporter of the Department of Computing and Mathematics at Dundalk Institute of Technology. The company have employed our students during their work placement the last number of years. The students concerned are in their third year of a four year BSc (Hons) in Computing, and many of them have gained full-time employment upon completion of their course. Typical assignments that our students have taken on successfully in the past cover a wide range of activity, e.g., software and web development, system and database administration, special projects, routine system support.

A work placement gives students the chance to gain hands-on-experience of the working world. It helps them put the theory learned in the course into practice, explore career opportunities and enhance their personal and professional development. Work placement at Prometric resources our Computing and Mathematics Department students with work-ready capability, cultivated relationships with employers which together make the educational programmes relevant to the future career prospects of our students."

Prometric Employee Testimonials:

Kerry Maguire | Staff Accountant:
"Prometric offers a very friendly environment to work and also encourages professional development and growth with multiple learning opportunities provided within the company. I find all managers and senior leaders very approachable and am very happy to be part of a company that is continuously expanding and offering more opportunities as it progresses. Prometric has also recently become an ACCA gold standard approved employer."

Adrian Reid, Senior Software Engineer:
"I really enjoy working on challenging projects that change the status quo of how operations currently work. Whether you are a graduate developer or a software architect, everyone is given the opportunity to influence how we deliver software products to the market. What I like most about Prometric, however, is the employees. Everyone is very enthusiastic and always willing to work together as a team to meet our goals. I am gaining invaluable experience at Prometric and constantly learning new skills to further my career."

Rachel Crosby, Test Developer:
"Prometric has given me the opportunity to work with a professional global team learning so many new skills. The people in the office are always so friendly and glad to help with any problem. Travel is a huge advantage to my role; over the last six months I've travelled to Frankfurt to facilitate workshops and have been to Baltimore for training working with my American colleagues. My role is very fulfilling within Prometric and keeps me interested; each day presents a new challenge."

Stephanie Mulligan | Test Design Specialist, Test Development Solutions:
"Prometric is a fun and enjoyable place to work, and I feel valued as an employee. The company offers a great support network, where I have developed both personally and professionally since joining almost two years ago. Prometric encourages employee growth and offers great opportunities to advance in a chosen career."

Frances O'Donnell, Test Developer:
"I enjoy working for Prometric because of the professionalism in the environment. Staff are not seen as mere employees, but as part of a bigger, cross-global team. Management holds regular meetings to update the team about the status of the company and also to answer any questions about future developments. On a more personal level, I appreciate that recognition is given when it's deserved, and help is available when needed. Most importantly for me, I have the opportunity to learn something new every day."

About Prometric
Prometric has delivered more than 1.5 million tests in Ireland on behalf of its clients, including the Road Safety Authority (RSA), Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Medical Council and international clients with testing offered in Ireland, such as the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO).

Prometric's Dundalk team serves as a major strategic global operation, developing innovative new exam types and best-in-class test delivery for millions of people every year who require licenses, certifications and other credentials to qualify for jobs, such as physicians, teachers or commercial drivers, as well as university admissions, such as medical and business schools.

Prometric advances test development and delivery solutions that are better, faster and at less expense for its clients, delivering tests flexibly via the Web or by utilising a robust network of thousands of test centres in 160 countries and on behalf of more than 350 clients in the academic, financial, government, healthcare, professional, corporate and information technology markets.

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