Almac launches virtual work experience for NI students

  • Craigavon company, Almac Group has launched a virtual work experience programme for young people to gain insight into working at a global pharmaceutical development business.

    With in-person shadowing and visit opportunities halted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, traditional in-person placement has been switched for a fully virtual learning programme.

    The Almac Virtual Work Experience Hub will allow students to discover career paths available at Almac, through a series of day-in-the-life videos, presentations, activities and Q&A sessions with Almac professionals.

    Aimed at students aged 15 to 18 (academic years 12-14) across Northern Ireland, the programme is flexible and learner-driven, meaning individuals can select relevant content to complete entirely at their own pace and can also receive a Certificate of Completion.

    Placement numbers are unlimited and students can log on from any location.

    Dr Frances Weldon, Almac Group’s STEM Outreach Manager said: “Investing in the potential of Northern Ireland’s young people is of the utmost importance to Almac Group, demonstrated through our many established outreach programmes. Whilst Covid-19 posed many challenges, it was essential that we pivot to continue to meet the needs of students.

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    "Our accessible, enriching virtual hub equips students with unique career exploration resources, while also building digital literacy and critical thinking skills. We are thrilled to be able to offer this innovative programme and look forward to welcoming more students as it continues to progress.”

    Dr Megan Smyth conducted work experience at Almac as a student and is now employed as a Technical Leader at Almac Sciences.

    She commented: “The biggest influence on my career came on the first day of Upper Sixth when I visited Almac. I only had to spend a few hours in the labs in Craigavon to cement in my mind that this was the role for me. The people that I met were passionate and inspired me to pursue a career in science.

    "The continued support and mentorship I received from Almac during my University studies shaped my career direction.  I have never looked back and feel very fortunate to have found a career path that is rewarding, stimulating and that I still get that buzz about the potential opportunities to come. I would highly recommend the Almac programme, and now it’s virtual it can offer participants so much more, including the opportunity to be part of a truly global team!"

    To find out more and participate in the virtual work experience programme, visit:


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