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SL Controls Hula Hoop Challenge

Here at SL Controls we love a challenge so we set our employees a Hula Hoop Challenge as part of our Live Well at SL campaign! The aim was to keep the hula hoop rotating on your hips for the longest time.  The winner from each location was recorded for our internal communication tool Yammer so we had video evidence of the times! Similar to our Easter Egg and Spoon race it was great to get some exercise at work and it definitely got us laughing! Niall Martin from our Galway office was crowned the Hula Hoop Champion 2017. Niall smashed the other competitors with an impressive time of 17 seconds! It’s safe to say, some of us need more practice!

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SL Controls – Fostering New Engineering Talent at Showcase Events

SL Controls were delighted to be active participants in two exciting engineering events recently. The Limerick for Engineering and the IT Sligo Engineering Expo provided a unique platform to showcase engineering expertise and highlight the many existing and future opportunities available at all levels across multiple industries and engineering disciplines. The events were a fantastic opportunity for students, parents and teachers to see how the engineering world is evolving and for students to see the career opportunities awaiting them when they finish third level.

Limerick for Engineering and IT Sligo Engineering Expo also competently and accurately addressed the current and future skill shortages within the industry. Both Engineers Ireland, the professional body for engineers in Ireland, and SL Controls have previously signalled the likelihood of a serious skills shortage of engineers in the future. At SL Controls, we have first-hand experience of how difficult it is in the current climate, to find graduates who have the range of skills that are necessary to work in the industry today. There is an urgent need to promote careers in engineering amongst students entering third-level courses. In recent years, the demand for engineering graduates has outstripped supply.

The primary goal of Limerick for Engineering Showcase is to increase the quality and quantity of engineering talent available in the region. It is an industry led initiative which started 2 years ago and has the support of the education and training providers in the region. Limerick for Engineering aims to attract engineers, apprentices and technicians to promote the huge diversity in engineering careers. It also helps students to identify the various paths to getting their careers started in engineering and which courses are relevant to the industry.

The IT Sligo Engineering Expo 2107 was bigger and better this year. As an interactive, information sharing event it represents a new and exciting collaboration between IT Sligo and Industry. As an active partner for the event, SL Controls were delighted to meet with second and third level students, who are interested in pursuing a career in software engineering and related disciplines. Throughout the day, students and public were enthralled by key note speakers on the main stage of the arena. Our very own Chief Technology Officer, Shane Loughlin, demonstrated his mastery of technology by dialling in to present all the way from Peurto Rico where he was onsite on a client assignment!!

The main focus of the IT Sligo Engineering Expo is for engineering students to gain knowledge of engineering companies and to network with engineering professionals. It is also a great chance for students to see the variety of engineering jobs available throughout many different industries in the Northwest. We at SL Controls are delighted to be aligned with IT Sligo in helping ensure that we receive highly trained graduates to join our continually growing multi-disciplinary engineering team.

Limerick for Engineering and IT Sligo Engineering Expo are free events and are organised in conjunction with and in close partnership with local engineering companies. SL Controls were pleased to attend both events and to continue our ethos of fostering new talent and encouraging innovative and highly skilled students to the industry.

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SL Controls Host Seminar on Data Integrity

Sligo welcomes 100 ISPE Ireland professionals

We are really looking forward to hosting a seminar on Data Integrity for over 100 professionals from the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Ireland.
The seminar will be held in the Model Art Centre on November 16th and we are delighted to bring it to Sligo; the first time the seminar will be held outside a large city in Ireland. The delegation of engineering professionals working in the Pharmaceutical and related industries will also enjoy a tour of the local AbbVie plant as part of the conference.

We have lined up an exciting afternoon of talks with representatives from AbbVie Ireland, Amgen, Pfizer plus our own CTO, Shane Loughlin along with industry leaders from other leading Pharmaceutical companies. The hot topics for discussion include ‘Designing Data Integrity into Equipment’ by our CTO Shane Loughlin and ‘Data Integrity in a Mature Quality Environment’ by Ann-Marie Ward of AbbVie. Chris Ryan from Amgen will discuss ‘The use of justified and documented risk assessments to decide on data integrity controls for computerised systems’ which promises to be informative and enlightening.

Data Integrity – A Hot Topic

Data Integrity is a current topic following a number of warning letters issued recently by the FDA and other global regulatory authorities related to data integrity along with new draft guidelines issued earlier this year by The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S). The guidelines help ensure that data integrity is maintained during the process of testing, manufacturing, packaging, distributing and monitoring of medicines.

We are delighted to host so many professionals from the Pharmaceutical and related industries and to bring this popular seminar to Sligo. We are always looking for opportunities to invest in the future of engineering and to foster and support the next generation of professionals working in pharmaceuticals and life sciences. We particularly look forward to welcoming the ISPE Ireland Young Professionals and giving them the chance to network with peers, mentors, and other professionals and to highlight the exciting roles available to them within the industry.

The Next Generation – ISPE Ireland Young Professionals

ISPE is the world’s largest not-for-profit association for engineers working in Pharmaceuticals. Committed to the advancement of the education and technical efficiency of its members, the ISPE pioneer scientific, technical and regulatory advancement throughout the industry. ISPE Ireland Young Professionals (YP) was established in 2014 as a branch of ISPE Ireland of which Dermot McMorrow our Compliance Director is a committee member.

The ISPE Ireland Young Professionals (YP) seminar on Data Integrity is available to all engineering professionals working in pharmaceuticals from senior management to junior engineers. Held on November 16th at Sligo’s Model Art Centre, tickets are available from Eventbrite.ie and include lunch and a tour of the local AbbVie plant.  SL Controls are recent recipients of the Sligo Champion Award for Corporate Social Responsibility and the ISPE event is another example of how the company invest in the future development of young people and in their local community.

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