We are supportive of the development of a skills system that both prepares people for work and allows them to progress through further training and education. A pathway that enables access to higher education for those following a work-related educational path is essential.
Of the 72,000 people who work in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK, 27,000 are employed in research and development, so high level scientific skills are vital for the success of the industry.
Key points of the ABPI response to BIS consultation ‘Skills for Sustainable Growth’:
The UK pharmaceutical industry is a highly successful industry that requires high levels of skills. Whilst the skills mix may change over the next decade, the focus will remain on high level technical and scientific skills with a high demand for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
A major gap in funding exists for postgraduate training which does not involve research.
Vocational school and college courses must be rigorous to allow those who achieve highly to progress into higher education.
Appropriate information, advice and guidance are essential to ensure that learners select the qualifications and education and training routes most appropriate for them.
For further information please download Skills for Sustainable Growth – ABPI response (PDF, 212KB)