Dairygold partners with BioPharmaChem Ireland and MTU to offer laboratory apprenticeships

Work in the Dairygold Lombardstown laboratory. (Picture: Miki Barlok)

Dairygold has partnered with some of Munster’s leading phama companies BioPharmaChem Ireland and Munster Technological University (MTU) on their new industry led Laboratory Apprenticeship Programme.

The programme will be delivered for the first time at the Munster Technical University (MTU) Cork campus this September 2022 and this is Dairygold’s first year taking part, who are pleased to be a key partner.

The programme has seen fantastic growth since its inception in 2018 and has given many candidates the opportunity to gain their science qualifications while benefitting from hands on work experience at some of Ireland’s most successful companies.

Dairygold is well placed to facilitate, mentor and nurture ambitious talent. As part of the programme, Dairygold Agri-Business is seeking applicants for two laboratory analyst (2-year Level 6 Certification of Science) apprenticeship positions.

This is a two-year programme which will see the successful apprentice work three days on site per week in Dairygold’s high tech Analytical Services Laboratory at Lombardstown Mill and spend two days per week at MTU.

The programme is designed for those who wish to develop a career in the laboratory environment of food and drink, biopharmaceutical, chemical manufacturing, medical devices and diagnostics and analytical testing laboratory sectors. Successful applicants will gain industry experience and mentoring, all while gaining a national qualification.

The programme is suitable for Leaving Certificate students, career changers, mature students, those with an equivalent qualification, who have an interest in pursuing a career in science or anyone looking to retrain or upskill in this sector.

Speaking about offering these apprenticeship positions, Dairygold Group Head of HR, Adrian Beatty said: “Apprenticeship registration is on the increase and is steadily becoming a very popular route into the workforce for those who want to learn on the job.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with these leading Scientific companies in Munster to offer these apprenticeship positions in our modern laboratory facility in Lombardstown. Given our focus on developing talent within Dairygold, I am confident the successful applicants will thrive in these positions as a result of this programme”.

The Dairygold Analytical Services Laboratory opened in 1987 and received INAB accreditation in 1989, the first in the industry to do so. In December 2017, following considerable investment, the laboratory moved to a state of the art facility and is now equipped to analyse the full range of proximate, trace elements, pesticides, residues, toxins and vitamins in water, food, feed, supplements, soil, herbage and grass.