Top award for Clonmel firm Abbott

Abbott has won the Overall Award at the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) National Training Awards 2012, which acknowledges best-in-class performance and outstanding achievements in organisational learning and development.

Abbott has won the Overall Award at the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) National Training Awards 2012, which acknowledges best-in-class performance and outstanding achievements in organisational learning and development.

The company was recognised for its programme, “Moving to a High Performing Organisation” which was implemented at its vascular facility in Clonmel, the largest Abbott manufacturing facility in Ireland. This leader-led communications initiative developed behaviours and competences that led to better communication flows between direct line managers and their teams and created an environment which engages employees at all levels, further sustaining the business success of the organisation.

The commitment of the senior management team onsite was instrumental to the success of the programme. Specific goals in relation to production, compliance, communication, safety and cost were exceeded by the implementation of this programme, which also is reflective of the active engagement of employees.

“At Abbott Ireland we provide an environment that enables employees to grow and succeed at every level of the organisation, investing in learning and development programmes for each employee annually. It is a testament to this investment that we have been honoured with the Overall Training & Development Award, which is awarded to the company which has excelled across a range of aspects of training and development and have added value in an innovative way,” said Margaret Morrissey, Country HR Director, Abbott Ireland.

“Attracting, developing and retaining skilled employees is instrumental in Abbott’s success and we have a very strong training and development culture integrated through all our facilities around the country. Now more than ever it is imperative that we continue to equip our employees with the skills required for high performance, ensuring that we as a company can maintain our competitive edge,” she said.

The awards were presented by the Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciaran Cannon T.D. and Sinead Marron, President of the IITD at a reception in Killashee House Hotel, Naas.