The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most highly skilled, with 73% of employees in technical or higher occupations. The industry recruits mainly at the graduate and post-graduate level, 46% of these graduates have degrees in a scientific discipline.
It is anticipated that in the next decade the mix of skills required will change, but the focus will remain on high level scientific and technical skills with a high demand for graduate and postgraduate qualifications. An effective science and maths education is essential if young people are to be equipped, not only for the jobs of today, but the industries and jobs of the future.
ABPI reviewed the concerns of our members over recruiting people with appropriate education and skills in 2005 and 2008. The reports of these surveys highlight the importance of the educational pipeline, from schools through to graduate and postgraduate education.
The reports also identify several generic skills areas where action was needed to ensure that young people developed the skills required for employment in the life sciences sector – these include practical skills, mathematical capability and ability to apply scientific and mathematical knowledge. These are skills that must be developed throughout a young person’s education.
For more information and to download the reports visit our Education and skills page.
Download the ABPI response to the National Curriculum Review (PDF, 290KB)