Skills Needs of the Biopharma Industry Revealed

8th August 2016

Posted In: FYI

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today, launched a new report by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EFGSN) on the Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma Industry in Ireland.  

The objective of the study is to review the supply of, and demand for, skills for the Biopharma industry in Ireland up to 2020.  

Launching the report, Minister Mitchell O’Connor said, “The Biopharma industry makes an important contribution to the Irish economy in terms of employment and manufacturing exports.  The sector employs over 28,000 people and creates significant secondary employment in construction and other services when investment in new plants is under way.”  

“A significant number of Biopharma investment announcements have been made recently by IDA Ireland across the regions, with a potential capital value in the order of €4 billion.  The availability of people with the right skills and talent to work in Biopharma will be critical to the continued growth of the industry as these investments come on stream.  The report by the EGFSN into the future skills needs of the sector is therefore timely, and will help industry and Government to take the necessary steps to ensure that skills supply to the sector can be met.”

Speaking at the launch of the report, the Chairperson of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, Una Halligan, said “The Biopharma industry is undergoing rapid change at a global level, particularly with the growth in the development and manufacture of new and complex Biologic drugs.  For Ireland to maintain its position as a key hub for Biopharma manufacturing, we need to ensure that we anticipate the changing skills requirements of the sector and ensure that there is a close alignment between industry’s needs and the skills being taught in the education and training system.”

Ms. Halligan added “We have worked closely with the Biopharma industry in preparing this report on the future skills needs of the sector, and the Expert Group has produced a set of recommendations which can serve as an Action Plan for addressing the skills needs of the sector up to 2020.  The successful implementation of the recommendations will require the full commitment and collaboration of all stakeholders.   Regular reviews of the programmes in Third Level Institutions should be held to ensure that they are market-informed and relevant, while there is also a need for a greater number workplace training opportunities to be made available to students by the industry.”

The full report is available here