Almac Hosts Science Development Day for Colleges

October 26, 2006

Almac Group opened its doors yesterday to staff from Further Education Colleges across Northern Ireland to host a Science Development Day. The event was held in conjunction with the Learning and Skills Development Agency NI (LSDA NI) and the Sector Skills Council for Science, SEMTA. The event follows a recent LSDA NI initiative which aims to align the work of the FE colleges with the needs of the science industry in Northern Ireland.

Visitors from the colleges were briefed on work currently taking place at each of Almac’s five divisions and were given a tour of the company’s cutting edge research and development facilities. Almac’s range of services means that it employs graduates from right across the science spectrum.

Altogether, 17 staff from 11 colleges visited the site. These included North Down Institute, Lisburn Institute, Belfast Institute, Newry Institute, North East Institute, East Antrim Institute, the University of Ulster, North West Institute, Castlereagh Institute, East Down Institute and Upper Bann Institute.

Sir Allen McClay, Chairman, Almac Group, said “At Almac we place tremendous importance on the development and training of our staff. It is important that those in the education sector are aware of the work we do, but more importantly, what skills we require. We are happy to inform and involve those from the Further Education sector, and are delighted to host them today.”

Maggie Robinson, Development Advisor with LSDA NI said “We are very grateful to Almac for providing this opportunity for colleges to engage directly with industry and see, first hand, the work of this progressive company. This brings lecturers up to date and will have a positive impact on teaching and learning.”

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