Laboratory Apprenticeships Programs wins Award

TU Dublin Science based Laboratory Apprenticeships Programs entry wins Education and Training Award at National Finals of the Pharma Awards.

Brief background to the Rationale for the Development of the first Science based Apprenticeship Programs in Ireland.

Programs developed to address a critical skills gap facing the Irish (Bio)Pharmaceutical Sector.

TU Dublin Science based Laboratory Apprenticeships Programs entry wins Education and Training Award at National Finals of the Pharma Awards.

In response to a key recommendation published in a 2016 report by the Expert Group on the Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma Sector (EGFSN) an Industry consortium led by IBEC in partnership with TU Dublin the lead academic provider, developed two academically accredited Laboratory Apprenticeship Programs. These “earn while you learn” Apprenticeship Programs combine paid on the job learning and training in world class companies, with academic study leading to Nationally and Internationally recognised Academic Qualifications. These programs are currently being delivered in TU Dublin and Waterford Institute of Technology. John Behan led the TU Dublin team and in collaboration with the Ibec led industry consortium, successfully developed, validated, and delivered these programs nationally. The first cohort of apprentices are now in their third year of the program. Apprentices are now placed in more than 20 world class (Bio)Pharmaceutical companies in the Dublin and Waterford regions..

Application title:

Higher Certificate in Science-Laboratory Technician -NFQ Level 6 & B.Sc. Degree-Laboratory Analyst-NFQ Level 7 run in partnership with Technological University Dublin and BioPharmaChem Ireland/Ibec Industry Consortium.

Category: Education & Training

Feedback from the Judges:
Richard Curran the host of National Finals event said our application was described by the judges as “outstanding, addressing a key niche area, TU really impressed the judges. The judging panel felt the apprenticeship programs were a very important addition to the Irish Education landscape.”

Quote from Andrew Hayes, Manager Human Resources, in Helsinn Birex who Chairs the Industry Consortium for the Laboratory Apprenticeship Programs:“ I am virtually attending the Irish Pharma Awards and am delighted for all those who have contributed to the National Laboratory Apprenticeship programs becoming a success over the past 3 years. It has won the Pharma Education & Training Award. It is an Honour to have chaired the Industry Consortium overseeing this, since its inception 4 years ago. Well done John Behan @ TU Dublin for driving the bus.”

Brief Reflection: John Behan TU Dublin

What an honour it is for the TU Dublin and Ibec led Industry consortium to receive the Education and Training Award from the Pharma sector an Industry that TU Dublin has worked in partnership with for over 20 years. The trophy is on its way, it will sit nicely beside the Business Collaboration Award the TU Dublin team won at National Education Awards two years ago, for our sustained partnership with Pfizer Newbridge, in the delivery of academic and training programs for the continuous professional development of their staff. The apprenticeship model for Science based programs, which requires close integration of academia and industry, fostering the creation of mutually beneficial, sustainable networks, is truly a welcome arrival on the Irish education landscape. Well done to the TU Dublin team, the industry consortium and all involved

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