Deirdre Clune MEP joined AbbVie employees and local school children at the company’s Cork site recently to launch the AbbVie STEM Prize.
The AbbVie STEM Prize is intended to encourage better engagement in STEM-related learning and helps to showcase the exciting and diverse educational and career opportunities that can be unlocked for young people who develop an interest in these subjects.
The project will roll out to national schools in Cork, Dublin, Sligo and Mayo in the autumn 2023.
Participating schools will have an opportunity to win STEM-related materials to the value of €30,000. Schools that enter will be asked to demonstrate how they might use STEM to solve challenges in their communities [scroll down for more details on how to enter].
Speaking at the launch, former civil engineer Deirdre Clune MEP said she was passionate about STEM and delighted to support the initiative.
“It is great to see AbbVie engaging with young people in their schools to highlight the wide variety of career options open to students who may study STEM. The traditional role of Scientist or Engineer has evolved and there are many variations required in today’s workplace. Companies such as AbbVie require a large pool of talent across a range of areas to conceive, develop and deliver their products in a safe and sustainable manner. This initiative will make students and their teachers aware of those opportunities.”
AbbVie Cork Site Head Malcolm Garde, explained that a research-driven company like AbbVie had to be proactive in its support of STEM in local communities and showcase the diverse opportunities that are available in the pharmaceutical industry.
“Ireland has a highly developed employee talent base, but the global market is very competitive. As an innovation-based company, we need to continuously engage with parents, teachers, schools, and others to highlight the broad range of high-quality opportunities that come from studying STEM disciplines. It’s our job to inspire the next generation of STEM workers and enthusiasts.”
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