Demand is high within hospitals as well as many clinics and surgeries and offers an opportunity for a career change.

Fast-track your career into healthcare

This September sees Geopace Training returning to Cork with their award-winning two-day phlebotomy training course.

An increasing demand for skilled healthcare professionals has led to a shortage of allied healthcare workers, especially phlebotomists - the skilled healthcare professionals who take your blood. Demand is high within hospitals as well as many clinics and surgeries and offers an opportunity for a career change, if you have good people skills, good manual dexterity and like the idea of working in a busy hospital or clinic, a phlebotomist job may be just the right job for you.

Many people enter this profession when they are looking for a career change or a fresh start. Phlebotomists often work part-time (mornings) but some do work full-time as well as weekends and holidays. Blood samples are usually collected before mid-day and then analysed in the path labs in the afternoon.

“We train people from all walks of life and all ages,” explained Jennie, Geopace office manager. “We’ve had shop assistants, receptionists, beauticians and dental nurses, as well as telesales staff, unemployed, school leavers and the retired.”

Once on the healthcare career ladder, ambition often drives people to progress to working in the labs and to other specialised departments. Internal promotion is much easier once you are on the ladder and have some work experience.

Many hundreds of Geopace trainees are now working as phlebotomists and a few have even chosen to work abroad where there is often a shortage and growing demand for this specialised skill.

If you like the idea of a career in healthcare, then this may be just the job for you. Training takes place over two full days and culminates in the award of a nationally recognised and accredited certificate.

“We practice on artificial arms,” explained Jennie. “And all our students have a lot of fun learning. We get a great deal of satisfaction when we later learn that they are working in their local hospital or GP surgery.”

If you would like to know more about phlebotomy as a career or to book a place on 16 and 17 September visit Geopace Training’s website at