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Almac worried at lack of skills in workers

By Staff Reporter

Published 27/07/2015

Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry

The Employment Minister has been urged to step up to the mark after a Northern Ireland pharmaceutical firm said it could be forced to seek workers from overseas due to a lack of skills here.

Dr Stephen Barr from Almac told the BBC's Inside Business show his firm could create 300 jobs in the next few years.

"We will have to go well outside of Northern Ireland to recruit those people. At the moment there just isn't the supply base we need," he said. "We need the investment from the government side to go into higher education and supply."

East Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton said Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry "must not drag his feet on this matter".

"As Almac grows globally it will be a missed opportunity if this successful company is forced, due to a lack of action from minister Farry, to recruit employees from around the world," he said.

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