22 Jul 2019
In May the SIP held a 2030 Skills Strategy Workshop “Understanding the Skills Needs of the Future Life Sciences Workforce”.
The session was Chaired by Alex Felthouse, Chair of the SIP Futures Group, and attended by over 40 delegates from across the sector. It was aimed at understanding the main drivers behind the future skills needs of the Life Sciences sector and the rich consultation outputs will feed into the final Research Report.
Delegates discussed the emerging technologies which will drive the skills needs of the Life Sciences sector over the next decade and proposed solutions to ensure to ensure that there is sufficient quality training provision available to Life Sciences employers to fulfil their future requirements
Key issues we need to resolve
How these issues might be resolved…
Widespread use of the apprenticeship model for re-training/upskilling
The Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy will be an employer-led piece of work produced by the SIP Futures Group – a collaboration between SIP employers, Office for Life Sciences (OLS), Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and BioIndustry Association (BIA).
The in-depth quantitative analysis is now underway which is being undertaken by the research team at Cogent Skills. From this, a comprehensive stock-take of the current position of the Life Sciences workforce will be produced, including a breakdown of a range of characteristics including: age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, qualifications and role level. Using a bespoke workforce model, which has been produced specifically for this project, the future requirement of skilled individuals into the sector will be projected in several growth scenarios through to 2030.
Working with Steer Economic Development, the qualitative and quantitative evidence base which has been gathered will be shaped into a strategic framework which will underpin the 2030 strategy report and enable the development of key recommendations which the industry sees as vital to ensure its future skills needs are achieved.