TWO hundred people – many home in Limerick for the Christmas holidays – may now be staying longer following a “tremendous response” to a novel jobs fair by Regeneron.
The biopharmaceutical firm, which has taken over the former Dell facility at Raheen, hosted a special Open House event for youngsters back in the city for Christmas, with a number of jobs on offer.
And people responded in their hundreds to the invitation to the event in the Castletroy Park Hotel, with the firm’s site head here Niall O’Leary saying the event drew “a great mix of skills” from people.
The company said the Open House event was needed, due to rapid growth in Raheen, with more than 500 people expected to be on its books by the end of next year.
Mr O’Leary said: “The Open House attracted a great mix of skills: emigrants back for the Christmas looking for job opportunities back home, as well as Limerick people looking at newly emerging local job opportunities and people in the mid-career stage looking at job transfer options as well as young graduates and undergraduates looking to get into the local jobs market.”
When the transformation of the Regeneron facility in Raheen is complete, it will become the largest-capacity biopharmaceutical facility in Ireland, thanks to a €308m investment by the firm.
Based in New York, Regeneron exists to discover, develop, manufacture and commercialise new medicines which address serious conditions.
These include medicines which tackle high cholesterol, as well as eye-related conditions, with the drugs to be exported globally from Raheen.
Mr O’Leary added that recruitment will continue into this year, saying: “At this stage of our ramp-up, with phase-one commissioning and production in Limerick already underway, we are concentrating our current hire focus on key areas including manufacturing, engineering/maintenance, process sciences, quality control, quality assurance, supply chain and shared service functions such as technical training, IT and finance.”
He thanked everyone who attended the Open House, saying: “It provided a great opportunity to introduce ourselves and to meet a broad cross section of Limerick talent and to see first-hand how investment like Regeneron is welcome to the region.”
“We had plenty of relaxed engagement, small discussion groups and individual discussions and meetings. We have had a tremendous response from discerning job seekers looking for an opportunity to work in biopharma. As we continue to work through the recruitment process, I am confident that a number of Open House attendees will help us increase the number of full time employees in Limerick by over 40% in 2016,” Mr O’Leary added.
At present, Regeneron employs some 300 people in Limerick. Eight in every ten worker comes from this province.
In terms of graduates, Regeneron is looking for students from the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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