Clonmel firm honoured for best practice and commitment to learning and development

Abbott has been recognised at the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) National Training Awards 2011, which acknowledges best-in-class performance and outstanding achievements in organisational learning and development. The company was honoured for its approach to evaluation and measurement of training effectiveness, which was described as “best in class.” Three participants in Abbott’s innovative Professional Development Programme (PDP) programme also were awarded Outstanding Achievement Awards for their exceptional contributions to the company’s PDP programme.

Abbott has been recognised at the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) National Training Awards 2011, which acknowledges best-in-class performance and outstanding achievements in organisational learning and development. The company was honoured for its approach to evaluation and measurement of training effectiveness, which was described as “best in class.” Three participants in Abbott’s innovative Professional Development Programme (PDP) programme also were awarded Outstanding Achievement Awards for their exceptional contributions to the company’s PDP programme.

“A key focus for Abbott is helping people realise their full potential, and we are thrilled to receive these awards in recognition of our efforts to foster organisational learning and development in all aspects of our business. The awards are testament to the very strong training and development culture that is integrated through all our facilities around the country,” said Una Hassett, HR Director, Abbott Vascular.

The awards were presented by Ray Bonar, former President of International Federation of Training and Development Organisations, and John Gorman, President of IITD at an evening reception in Killashee House Hotel, Naas recently.

One example is Abbott’s Vascular facility in Clonmel, which was recognised for its Training Effectiveness Initiative, the purpose of which is to demonstrate the value of learning to the organisation. The facility was able to improve training and development requirements by incorporating evaluation planning at the inception of each training programme. This innovative programme changes the focus of evaluation from activities to results, thereby increasing the return on investment of learning and development.

As another example, Abbott also was commended for its Personal Guarantee Programme, a site-wide initiative in Clonmel which seeks to foster and maintain a culture of personal accountability and compliance at the facility, and recognises that small changes at an individual level can result in major changes at an enterprise level. The focus on accountability means that human error is reduced and confidence is inspired in areas such as environmental health and safety and quality control.

The three Abbott PDP employees who won the individual Outstanding Achievement Awards in the Work Placement Category are: Jean Lynham, Quality Engineer in Abbott’s Vascular facility in Clonmel, Patrick McEleney, Process Engineer in Abbott’s Diabetes Care facility in Donegal and Maria Delaney, Quality Specialist/Project Coordinator in Abbott’s pharmaceutical commercial operations in Citywest, Dublin.

Launched in July 2007, this country-wide PDP programme identifies key talent from the pool of candidates at graduate level from a variety of disciplines including science, engineering, HR, IT, finance and supply chain management. In Ireland to date, more than 23 candidates have participated in this highly selective and personalised development experience which is targeted at the highest-achieving graduates in Ireland’s third level institutions. Abbott receives more than 700 applications for the programme each year.

Successful applicants are offered structured and defined development opportunities and apply their skills in different business divisions over a two-year period, which gives them a broad breadth of experience in different operations and locations. On completion, graduates have a sound understanding of Abbott as a company, in addition to developing management, technical and interpersonal skills along the way.

“Attracting, developing and retaining skilled employees are of critical importance to Abbott’s business success. We create and implement innovative programmes that help people realise their full potential,” said Hassett. “Our dedicated Learning and Development team execute comprehensive programmes that provide support and advancement opportunities for our employees, and we are delighted these programmes have been recognised at this year’s awards.”

The IITD National Training Awards 2011 recognise engagement, collaboration, participative management, excellence in training initiatives, transparency, innovation and learning and development of both individuals and organisations. In 2009-2010, Abbott received IITD’s Overall Multinational Sector Award for outstanding training and development practices.

Abbott prides itself on being an employer of choice around the world. In Ireland, the company has received numerous additional local, national and international accolades for workplace excellence:

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