Training and Skills Development

The pace of change in Biopharma markets, technology and processes means that workforce skills need to be continually updated. This includes the general challenge of achieving innovation and operational excellence, maintaining global standards of product and process compliance, and delivering on the specific skills required for both Pharma as well as Biologics manufacturing.

The Pharmachem Skillnet is an ever growing network of companies that offer Pharmaceutical training courses as well as Chemical and Medical Device training throughout Ireland The network was established in 2006 being formed to avail of subsidised training and networking under the Skillnets training programme, with the aim of fostering a climate of whole company development in the provision of industry specific technical training and Soft skills in companies large and small nationally, consistent with the goals of member companies. The network operates as a business resource for organisations nationally and has been formed in response to a real need in the workplace for “best in class” training and development at a realistic and very affordable price.


The springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. Springboard+ is co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.



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