Skills required for Life Science Industry in the UK - Cogent


9 Δεκ 2012 (πριν από 8 χρόνια και 7 μήνες)

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Recognising and
Supporting Apprenticeships
in the Life Sciences Sector

The LAC Apprenticeship
Working Group

Covering Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals,
through to Synthetic and Industrial Biotechnology

focusing on healthcare applications.

Over 165,000 employees with an annual turnover of

The Life Sciences industry is an industry
characterised by intense global competition and high
mobility. One of its major assets in the UK is the
quality of the science base and world class talent of
the workforce.

Life Science Industry in the UK

Skills required for

Life Science Industry in the UK

The Life Science Industry provides high
jobs and highly skilled and technical roles, but
the minimum entry qualification is
to be at a graduate level.

However this is model is not always supplying
the ‘right people’ with the ‘right skills’ and
keeping them

Industry often has to supplement a significant
investment to ensure they are ‘work ready’

Apprenticeship Model to address

this Skill Issue

Apprenticeship benefits for Industry:

and Incentives for Employers for
some Apprenticeships

Filling Skills Gaps

Increased Retention

Increased Diversification

Clear Pathways and Progression

A large
pool of graduates

of clarity and awareness over Apprenticeships as a whole

the current Level 2 and Level 3, and even the new Higher Apprenticeship
for Life Sciences.

Not valuing this as an alternative route

Lack of local provision

Poor appreciation of how Apprenticeships fit within the business needs

Difficulty in seeing the progression routes for the Apprentice into other
roles within the organisation

The level of Apprenticeship was not always deemed appropriate for
companies entry route

Lack of internal support resources for SMEs

Concern over increasing headcount

Lack of understanding about how to recruit an Apprentice.

Reasons why Apprenticeships are not
embedded within the Life Science


mbed the Apprenticeship model within Life
Sciences Industries.

ap current provision,
and identify

evelop an awareness raising campaign to
inspire employer ownership and support
particularly SMEs

un pilot initiatives in the South East, East of
England and the North West

Anticipated outcomes

A marketable alternative pathway for entry
into the industry other than graduate and post
graduate entry.

An understanding of where we are best placed
to leverage the limited resources

Raised awareness of the benefits for industry
and learners

reate an initial cohort of Life Science