33 Pupils from Crosshaven Boys’ National School (4th Class) visit GSK Cork to learn more about engineering during Engineers Week 2017

On Thursday 09 March, GSK Cork hosted Crosshaven Boys NS 4th class in our state the art pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Currabinny, Co. Cork.

The pupils are taking part in STEAM’s (Science, Tech, Engineering Arts and Maths) ten week fun and engaging ‘Engineering in a Box’ programme which involves a blend of theory and practical teaching aimed at bringing the entire subject of engineering to life for younger children. GSK is delighted to be involved with STEAM Education’s “Engineering in a Box” programme, which strives to encourage primary school girls and boys to consider engineering as a course of study and ultimately as a career path. There is an increasing need for talented and qualified Engineers to meet the growing demand from numerous industry sectors.

Sean Canty and Ruairc Sisk from Crosshaven Boys NS and Cian Aherne, GSK Apprentice.

‘Engineers Week’ is a fantastic opportunity to highlight how critical Engineers are to the success of GSK – they ensure we get from pioneering science in our laboratories to actually making innovative, high quality products on an industrial scale in our manufacturing facilities. But perhaps more importantly, without our engineers, we couldn’t ensure our patients and consumers all over the world continue to have access to our products.

JP Curtin, Ashton Hourican and Andres Hyde from Crosshaven Boys NS.

The “Engineering in a Box” programme provides an exciting opportunity for GSK employees to inspire the next generation of Engineers.

Ken Keohane, Manufacturing Manager, at GSK commented:

“GSK is delighted to be involved with STEAM Education’s “Engineering in a Box” programme, which strives to encourage primary school girls and boys to consider engineering as a course of study and ultimately as a career path. We work hard to ensure that the programme is delivered in a fun and innovative manner in a bid to really engage the children. We demonstrate, in a really hands on practical way, how important engineering is to the world that they live in and how it can drive the development of new medicines. This really helps them understand how engineering works and, most importantly, how it can change lives.”

Kevin O’Keeffe, Engineering Director, at GSK commented:

“‘Engineers Week’ is a fantastic opportunity to highlight how critical Engineers are to the success of GSK – they ensure we get from pioneering science in our laboratories to actually making innovative, high quality products on an industrial scale in our manufacturing facilities. But perhaps more importantly, without our engineers, we couldn’t ensure our patients and consumers all over the world continue to have access to our products.”