Skills boost for North West England biopharmaceutical industry
18 November 2009
A cutting-edge biopharmaceutical course programme which is set
to address a skills shortage has been launched in northwest England.
Partnership for Learning (PFL) based in Speke near Liverpool, is
offering a series of bespoke e-learning courses that are the first of
their kind in the North West for biopharmaceutical and medical device
The courses, which are delivered via the internet using an e-learning
model, were developed by Kaplan Eduneering to meet the regulatory
compliance needs of the biomedicall industry. A major study carried out
in Merseyside in 2005 identified a number of skills shortages, that can
be addressed by targeted e-learning.
Topics on the programme, which is called Bio-med online, can take
learners through batch records, GMP principles, IT validation,
packaging, production, quality assurance, quality control and
warehousing, and is fully compliant with MHRA and FDA requirements.
Ed O’Brien, Chief Executive at PFL, said: “Companies that make a
commitment to their staff through skills training are going to be in a
much better position to take advantage of the upturn in the economy over
the next few months.
“The programme can be accessed at work or even from home — the
flexibility means that skills training is even easier for employers to
take advantage of.
“It may be that a company has new starters who need the extra help to
develop, or even new teams or projects which might require a slightly
different skills set to the one they had previously been working with —
whatever the reason, new skills are always a benefit to both staff and
the company itself.”
The North West England is one of the UK’s top locations for the
pharmaceutical and biotech industries. With over 200 biomedical
companies and over 20,000 staff, it exports £3.4 billion of
pharmaceutical products every year.