Science Industry Partnership

22 Jul 2019

SIP Futures’ Chair sets out 2030 Life Sciences Skills Strategy at MMIP Conference


The SIP 2030 Life Sciences Skills Strategy was showcased at the Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP) Annual Conference which took place in Sandwich on 20th June. Hosted by Pfizer at the Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent, the conference explored how the UK can continue to be recognised as a world-class advanced centre for medicines manufacturing.

Alex Felthouse, Managing Director of Eisai Manufacturing Ltd and Chair of the SIP Futures Group who is leading the 2030 Strategy development, set out the Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy, asking delegates: Are you fit for the future?

Alex set out sector’s strengths including a highly qualified workforce, and a great sector response to the apprenticeship reforms, as well as a strong pipeline of talent from high quality Universities – and of course the fact that life sciences is a big contributor to national GDP.

But he also noted that there are areas where the sector needs to see change, for example traditional degree courses are not meeting industry demands and the sector’s digital skills are not yet advanced enough. There is still a big job to do to ensure that apprenticeships have parity of esteem with academia, and there is limited CPD as well as life-long training, re-skilling and upskilling. There are also significant gaps in training provision.

The 2030 Strategy will address all of this and more – and will set out a series of recommendations that will drive the system change we need to see.

The SIP 2030 Life Sciences Skills Strategy was showcased at the Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP) Annual Conference which took place in Sandwich on 20th June. Hosted by Pfizer at the Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent, the conference explored how the UK can continue to be recognised as a world-class advanced centre for medicines manufacturing.

Alex Felthouse, Managing Director of Eisai Manufacturing Ltd and Chair of the SIP Futures Group who is leading the 2030 Strategy development, set out the Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy, asking delegates: Are you fit for the future?

Alex set out sector’s strengths including a highly qualified workforce, and a great sector response to the apprenticeship reforms, as well as a strong pipeline of talent from high quality Universities – and of course the fact that life sciences is a big contributor to national GDP.

But he also noted that there are areas where the sector needs to see change, for example traditional degree courses are not meeting industry demands and the sector’s digital skills are not yet advanced enough. There is still a big job to do to ensure that apprenticeships have parity of esteem with academia, and there is limited CPD as well as life-long training, re-skilling and upskilling. There are also significant gaps in training provision.

The 2030 Strategy will address all of this and more – and will set out a series of recommendations that will drive the system change we need to see.

Picture: Alex Felthouse presenting at the MMIP Conference in June

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