Grifols, a healthcare company participates in White House Upskill Summit


04.05.2015

  • At the invitation of the White House, Grifols shared best practices and discussed new strategies for equipping workers with the skills they need to advance into better-paying jobs.
  • The Grifols model for employee development is based around on-site job performance training and qualification, specialized course work for high potential employees at the Grifols Academy of Plasmapheresis, and advanced education towards a college degree in partnership with the College for America.
  • The two Grifols Academy's campus, located in Phoenix (Arizona) and Indianapolis (Indiana), serve as a unique learning environment for the professional development and educational advancement of Grifols' employees. Grifols has over 10,200 employees in North America.

May 4, 2015 (Washington D.C.).- Grifols, a global leader in the production of plasma-derived medicines, participated in the White House Summit on employee "upskilling".  At the invitation of the White House, Grifols joined 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across America share best practices and discuss new strategies for equipping workers with the skills they need to advance into better-paying jobs.

Grifols' Vice President of Plasma Operational Development and Director of the Grifols Academy of Plasmapheresis, Beth Eacret, attended the Summit on behalf of Grifols. "Grifols is proud to provide our employees so many opportunities to grow both professionally and personally," noted Eacret.  "Grifols has three primary avenues of employee development," continued Eacret, "on-site job performance training and qualification, specialized course work for high potential employees at the Grifols Academy of Plasmapheresis, and advanced education towards a college degree in partnership with the College for America."

The Grifols Academy of Plasmapheresis was recently awarded a five-year accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). In 2014, the Academy completed 3,791 training sessions and awarded 1,369 nursing continuing education certificates between 2012 and 2014. Coursework within the Academy also serves as a platform for advancement from within Grifols.  In 2013, 83% of plasma donor center supervisory and management positions were promoted from within.

To ensure our workforce is able to continue to fuel our rapid growth, Grifols is enrolling- and paying for- hundreds of its employees to earn an accredited degree through College for America at Southern New Hampshire University. Beginning this past fall and ongoing through 2015, Grifols is making the commitment to pay 100% of tuition costs upfront, for any of its eligible 7,000 plasma employees. More than 300 employees have enrolled in the program and four have already earned their degrees.

About Grifols, 75th Anniversary of improving people's health

Grifols is a global healthcare company founded in 1940. In 2015 Grifols celebrates its 75th Anniversary of improving people's health and well being through the development of life-saving plasma medicines, diagnostics systems, and hospital pharmacy products.

The company is present in more than 100 countries worldwide and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. Grifols is a leader in plasma collection with a network of 150 plasma donor centers in the U.S., and a leading producer of plasma-derived biological medicines. The company also provides a comprehensive range of transfusion medicine, hemostasis, and immunoassay solutions for clinical laboratories, blood banks and transfusion centers, and is a recognized leader in transfusion medicine.

In 2014, sales exceeded Euro 3.3 billion ($4.4 billion) with a headcount close to 14,000 employees. Grifols demonstrates its commitment to advancing healthcare by allocating a significant portion of its annual income to R&D.

The company's class A shares are listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange, where they are part of the Ibex-35 (MCE:GRF).  Its non-voting class B shares are listed on the Mercado Continuo (MCE:GRF.P) and on the U.S. NASDAQ via ADRs (NASDAQ: GRFS). For more information visit www.grifols.com