Monday, March 13th, 2017
Orla O’ Dwyer, Regional Coordinator, BITCI acknowledges Alkermes achievement.
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of our partnership between Alkermes and St Aloysius College in Athlone. Alkermes becomes the first company in the Midlands to achieve this status. Alkermes who are based in a business park just outside town develops and manufactures medicines, aiming to provide innovative treatments for major conditions of the central nervous system. Its tag line is “Science with a Purpose”.
As a partner in the Skills @ Work programme Alkermes has opened its doors to the students of the nearby St. Aloysius College, enthusiastically taking the time to engage with many a 5th year class , showing them the range of opportunities available in the pharma industry. It is fitting that such a significant achievement as a 10 year association will be celebrated this year as the partnership prepares to change its focus to reflect the new dynamics of the school from the next academic year. In 2017/18 the school will merge with St Joseph’s College Summerhill, and relocate to a new site, with a new name and management structure. Certainly the experiences of the executives in Alkermes in change management should prove useful in this regard with Alkermes Athlone having gone through a merger with Elan in 2011.
”Alkermes are pleased to have such a long established and mutually beneficial partnership with St. Aloysius secondary school. Over the 10 years of participation in the Skills @ Work programme we have seen first-hand the benefit that the programme brings to the students, and it is really rewarding to see the students develop as the year progresses, building confidence as well as important life skills like teamwork, CV prep and interview skills. As an added bonus we have also found that the programme provides Alkermes participants the opportunity to practice some of their own skills, while it also helps to further enhance the company’s relations with the local community.” Stephen Flynn – Process Engineering Manager