Published on Monday8thAugust2016

Report on the skills needs of the Biopharma industry Launched

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Pictured from left are Una Halligan, Chairperson of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, Training Skills and innovation Minister John Halligan and Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor today launched a new report by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs 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.