Johnson & Johnson is a global manufacturer of healthcare products, and provider of related services for the consumer, pharmaceutical and medical devices and diagnostics markets. In Cork there are three Johnson & Johnson companies, Centocor Biologics, DePuy and Janssen Pharmaceutical. All have active, long-standing CSR programmes.
Over the coming years, Johnson & Johnson will require in excess of 2,000 skilled employees in the Cork area. However, the numbers taking science subjects at Leaving Certificate level have been declining significantly over the last decade. There is a particular imbalance in the numbers of students from some areas of Cork city progressing to third level compared to others. We would like to encourage all students to consider careers in science, technology and the healthcare industry.
In 2006, we initiated the ‘Access to Education – Bridge to Employment’ project (ATE/BTE) for 5th year students from three schools in north Cork city. The project is modelled on the Johnson & Johnson ATE/ BTE projects that have been running in the US for ten years. The programme was tailored to address the specific barriers to education identified and was designed in partnership with students, teachers, parents, third level educational providers, community partners and the local Johnson & Johnson companies.
Having three individual companies working on a specific project helped to knit together the companies & employees. According to one of the mentors involved, “I thoroughly enjoyed helping the student. It was good experience and great to give something back”. Another mentor said, “It helped me to improve my communication skills”.
According to one of the students,“this programme has really broadened my horizons and has given me something to aim for. It was really helpful”. A parent said, “this is the best thing that has ever happened my son. His confidence and self-belief has improved immensely”.
Scheduling the ATE/BTE programme activities with school timetables & company workload.
All the programme partners have to be involved at the planning stage.
All sections of the three companies from Senior Management to Operator level, Technical Staff, Engineering, Finance, Manufacturing etc.
Jim Murphy, ATE/BTE Project Co-ordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org