Skills required for Life Science Industry in the UK - Cogent

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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
£50bn


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
-
quality
jobs and highly skilled and technical roles, but
the minimum entry qualification is
currently
perceived
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:


Funding
and Incentives for Employers for
some Apprenticeships


Filling Skills Gaps


Increased Retention


Increased Diversification


Clear Pathways and Progression




A large
pool of graduates


Lack
of clarity and awareness over Apprenticeships as a whole


including
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
Industries

Recommendations


E
mbed the Apprenticeship model within Life
Sciences Industries.


M
ap current provision,
and identify
good
practice.


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


R
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


C
reate an initial cohort of Life Science
Apprenticeships