Minister of State at Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humphreys launches the Pharmachem Skillnet Bio-Pharma programme in association with IT Tallaght, Department of Social Protection, IDA Ireland, PharmaChemical Ireland, PPD, Alexion, Genzyme and Hovione.
The programme sources Jobseekers with a qualification in life sciences, and upskills them into areas of BioPharma. A temporary contract is then secured for each Jobseeker in participating companies.
Speaking at the Launch, Kevin Humphreys, Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, with special responsibility for employment supports said: “Under Pathways to Work, the Government is committed to supporting employers in identifying potential employees and in supporting jobseekers seek out opportunities to help them become job ready.
The Programme being launched today is particularly innovative and involves the collaboration of a range of stakeholders. “I would like to acknowledge the individual companies who are supporting the programme and who have offered paid work placements to the jobseekers who are participating. I would also like to congratulate all who have been selected to participate in the programme and I have no doubt that it will be a significant stepping stone on their career journey in the Biopharma sector.
The Department of Social Protection’s employment services will continue to support them as they progress through the programme and beyond to help them secure work. The programme will develop specific skills which have been identified as in demand within the BioPharma industry, which has seen a strong flow of investment into Ireland in recent years.
Also speaking at the launch, PharmaChemical Ireland Director, Matt Moran said, " We are entering a very exciting phase for the biopharmaceutical sector in Ireland - a capital investment programme of over €3 billion embarked upon by several major players in the market will create over 2000 new jobs in the sector- there has never been a better time to study science as there will be a wide range of interesting and rewarding opportunities in this industry in the coming years."
PharmaChem Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.