30 April 2014
New skills investment plan announced to support sector to
achieve growth potential.
A plan aimed at supporting ambitions for Scotland's life
sciences to contribute £6.2bn turnover and £3bn GVA over the next
five years is published today.
Launched by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) at BioCity
Scotland in Lanarkshire, the plan recognises that skills play an
integral and vital role to help the sector achieve strategic
objectives and growth potential.
Scotland already has a world-class reputation in stratified
medicine and boasts the cutting-edge Stratified Medicine Scotland
Innovation Centre in Glasgow, while a stem cell industry cluster
continues to develop around the Edinburgh-based Centre for
Regenerative Medicine. In addition, a new innovation centre for
industrial biotechnology is forecast to increase related turnover
by £3 billion over the next 15 years and could create up to 1,500
jobs before 2020.
The plan highlights four key themes, aimed at raising awareness
of career opportunities and attracting more talent. They
Chris Brodie, Lead Head of Key Sector Development at SDS
"The SIP provides a cornerstone for building skills within the
life sciences sector, with industry and stakeholders working
together. The sector offers enormous growth potential for the
Scottish economy and we need to ensure continued investment in a
highly skilled workforce to support the sector.
Working with industry and partners, we have developed an
exciting action plan that includes embedding lab skills into the
curriculum of life sciences courses, a CV competition and a series
of STEMnet events, which have already reached out to more than
1,500 school pupils."
Dr Brian Bathgate, Chair of Life Sciences Advisory Board (LiSAB)
Skills Group said:
"The Skills Investment Plan sets out a vision for Scotland to be
viewed as a world-class location for ambitious life sciences
employers to be able to develop, invest and grow by having access
to a talent pool with exceptional skills.
"To achieve this ambition we have worked with the industry to
identify the key actions which need to be undertaken to support the
growth ambition of the life sciences sector."
Fraser Black, Managing Director at BioCity Scotland added:
"The SIP is a major step forward to help the life sciences
sector in Scotland to achieve future growth ambitions. Scotland
routinely punches above its weight when it comes to the creation of
innovative life science companies that both thrive and depend on
the availability of the best talent to realise their growth
aspirations. With ever-increasing global growth, the sector offers
exciting and rewarding career prospects.
"BioCity Scotland is working with the sector to provide a lab
skills programme to equip graduates with the practical skills
required by industry. We will also be providing support for a
ProScience event, bring together industry, higher education,
further education and school pupils in practical workshop."
The wider sector in Scotland currently employs approximately
35,000 people across 650 organisations (ranging from higher
education institutions to companies). It encompasses a wide range
of activities from the discovery, discovery and manufacture of
therapeutics, the design and manufacture of medical and surgical
equipment, diagnostics and devices, through to clinical research
and health informatics.
The SIP is available to download on Our Skillsforce on:
Employers can also contact the SDS Employer Helpline on: 0800
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Fiona Riddell, SDS Corporate Communications
Telephone: 0300 013 4392 ~ Mobile: 07887 635389