Key Goals for the Centre of Excellence:
- Coordinate talent pipelines and deliver sustainable training.
- Address gaps in UK’s workforce talent.
- Support micro, small, and medium enterprises (SMEs).
- Collaborate with existing skills and training platforms.
- Build career awareness in medicines manufacturing.
- Employ a national approach to training.
- Ensure sustainability and financial viability post-funding.
- Lead in equality, diversity, and inclusion.
- Align with The Life Sciences Vision (2021).
Grant funding request can be up to £5.3 million.
The CoE should aim to:
- Engage with schools and further education.
- Offer apprenticeships and industry-ready talent.
- Provide modular and professional training.
- Support technical and vocational training.
- Attract talent from other sectors.
- Facilitate upskilling and reskilling.
- Develop or adopt a competency framework for training providers.
Your project must explore and address as many of the following as possible:
- Sustainable manufacturing.
- Regulatory skills.
- Bioprocessing, biologics, cell, and gene therapy manufacturing.
- Disruptive technologies.
- Digital and data skills.
- Automation and robotics.
- Cleanroom and GMP operations.
- Quality control and assurance.
- Equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Projects that won't be funded:
- Unrelated to medicines manufacturing skills.
- Infrastructure building projects.
- Dependent on export performance or domestic inputs usage.