Arcinova excels at office it training

Dozens of employees at one of the region’s contract research and development organisations have completed a free training initiative to boost IT expertise.

 

Arcinova excels at office training

Dozens of employees at one of the region’s contract research and development organisations have completed a free training initiative to boost IT expertise.

Lab-based staff are among more than 80 employees at Alnwick-based Arcinova, who have undergone advanced Microsoft Word and Excel training to secure high-level IT skills in a move to boost productivity and performance levels.

Arcinova operates from a 15,000 sq. m. facility, which has benefited from decades of investment as a key research and development centre, providing a wide range of integrated solutions and standalone services to biotech and pharmaceutical companies across the globe.

The firm helps to progress a candidate drug from preclinical to phase IIa and is already starting to see employees integrate their newly acquired expertise into everyday office duties and tasks.   

Spanning essential IT topics, including workbooks, pivot tables, macros and shortcuts, the training has already led to benefits for staff, who are taking advantage of the initiative to improve the analysis and presentation of research findings.

The training was delivered by Glenn Bucknall, an ITQ trainer at Gateshead College, on behalf of Go>Grow, the regional skills and enterprise programme designed to encourage businesses and individuals to upskill.

Go>Grow was created after Gateshead College, which leads the scheme, secured £15m in funding from the European Social Fund, allowing the region’s businesses and individuals to access free training to enhance and develop their skillset.

The scheme, which has the backing of the North-East Chamber of Commerce and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, has been welcomed by Rob Dungworth, chief operating officer at Arcinova.

He said: “Staff have been very receptive and positive about the training, which is something I can echo. The course was designed to meet our training needs and has been very engaging.”

“Thanks to Go>Grow’s support, we are able to invest in the critical IT skills, which in the long run, will strengthen productivity and overall efficiency.”

Ivan Jepson, director of business development at Gateshead College, said: “The Go>Grow scheme was created so that we could help the region’s businesses and individuals develop their skillset and become stronger in an ever-competitive environment.

“It’s fantastic to see companies like Arcinova embracing the training and taking full advantage of what’s on offer.”

Experts in the Go>Grow team will work to develop training that meets individual needs of businesses, or offer those who wouldn’t ordinarily undertake training programmes the opportunity to access bespoke packages specific to their needs.

A tailor-made programme is then developed and delivered at any of the Go>Grow training provider sites, or within the premises of the individual businesses. 

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