Keeping your employees up with the times – free of charge

Abbott’s in-house apprenticeships help employees adapt to newer technologies
By Cathy Lewis
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/24/2014

Few employees are given the chance to upgrade their post-secondary education and skills during work hours, free of charge. But through a unique training program, some manufacturing employees at Abbott Point of Care are doing just that.

Abbott is a global health-care company focused on advancing practices in medicine, science and business to help people live healthier lives. Its facility in Ottawa is the global manufacturing site for cartridges used in the i-STAT system — a hand-held blood analyzer for bedside and patient point of care diagnostic testing.

In 2007, Abbott made significant investments to help support its growth by purchasing automated equipment.