Outstanding Achievement Award for MSD Training Programme with NIBRT and IT Sligo RSS
05 April 2012
Leading healthcare company Merck Sharp Dohme (MSD)’s site in Brinny, Co. Cork was given an Outstanding Achievement Award for its innovative partnership programme with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) and Institute of Technology, Sligo.
The 2012 IITD National Training Awards (Irish Institute of Training & Development) were presented by Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD. Speaking at the awards ceremony Minister Cannon said "I warmly congratulate all those receiving awards here this evening. This celebration is recognition of your commitment to best practice and to the training and development of your people.
“The training and upskilling of our country's workforce is a vital element of this country's recovery from the current downturn. Training and upskilling will also play a vital part in securing the future competitive advantage of all enterprises and in enhancing future growth in productivity."
In order to support transformational change and build talent, MSD partnered with the Institute of Technology, Sligo and NIBRT to provide third level science education to colleagues across all levels and functions of the organisation. The company conducted a robust selection process and recruited 67 colleagues into four courses – a Higher Cert. in GMP Technologies, a BSc. (Ord) in Pharmaceutical Science, a BSc. (Hons) in Biopharmaceutical Science and an MSc. in Biopharmaceutical Science.
Fergal O’Donovan, MSD stated “Continuous education, personnel development and up skilling are a key enabler to success in today's competitive environment. Finding the time for professional development and further education is hard in today's workplace. However, the programs that NIBRT & IT Sligo offer are of excellent value and greatly facilitate the balance between on-going education and demands of the work place. From personal experience, the Sligo IT / NIBRT distant learning programs are flexible, value add and industry friendly”.
This is a significant investment for MSD, but one the company was committed to supporting in order to upskill its people. MSD employs 2,300 people in Ireland at five manufacturing sites, animal health and human health organizations and an EMEA shared business services centre.
Notes to Editor
Today's MSD is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Following the completion of Merck & Co., Inc's merger with Schering-Plough Corporation the company is known as MSD worldwide, except in the United States and Canada where we are Merck. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.msd.ie.
MSD in Ireland
MSD employs 2,300 people directly in Ireland through its operations at sites in Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Tipperary and Wicklow.
In the last five decades the company has invested over €2.2bn in Ireland. MSD is one of Ireland's leading exporters and contributes significantly towards making the pharmaceutical industry the country's leading export sector. MSD is a member of Guaranteed Irish and manufactures or packages many of its leading products for the world market in Ireland.
Institute of Technology, Sligo is the largest higher level education institution in the North West with more than 6,000 students and almost 600 staff. Its School of Science is the second largest in the Institute of Technology Sector, after Dublin Institute of Technology. IT Sligo is a recognised national leader in online education and has worked closely on staff training with a wide range of leading multinational companies such Coca Cola, Masonite International, Abbott Ireland and Baxter. Most recently it won the 'Best in eLearning' category in the 2011 Digital Media Awards. A team of students from IT Sligo took first place in the global final of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world's leading student technology competition in summer 2011. For more information see www.itsligo.ie.
The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) is a global centre of excellence for training and research in bioprocessing. NIBRT is located in a new, world class facility in Dublin, Ireland. This facility is purpose built to closely replicate a modern bioprocessing plant with state of the art equipment.
NIBRT is based on an innovative collaboration between University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and the Institute of Technology, Sligo. NIBRT was primarily funded by the Government of Ireland through Ireland's inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency), which is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. NIBRT offers a quality training and research experience not previously possible anywhere in the world.
The Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) is the professional body representing training and HRD (human resource development) professionals in Ireland. Charged with guaranteeing best practice in training and development in Ireland, the Institute’s remit includes the identification, implementation and monitoring of international standards; continual research and bench-marking and the provision of professional education in training and development to influence key stakeholders and policy makers.
Sarah Connolly, Corporate Communications Manager, MSD
Tel. 01 299 8734 / 087 95 40430, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sinéad McGovern, Communication Manager, IT Sligo
Tel. 071 91 37348/ 087 6411725. Email: email@example.com
Killian O'Driscoll, NIBRT Director of Projects.
Tel. + 353 1 215 8107, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sinead Heneghan, Director, IITD
Tel: + 353 45 881166, Email: Sinead@iitd.com