A Conundrum for Life Science Graduates – “I have just graduated, what next?”

thinkingAs many students begin to embark upon their journey through university next month, many who have already graduated and obtained their degree can be at a loss for what to do next, but we have the solution…

Quite often graduates find themselves looking to begin their career within their particular specialisation, but are often turned down due to lack of experience or gaps within their training and the Life Science industry is no different.

Clinical Professionals have observed that there is a talent shortfall occurring within several sectors of Life Sciences, in particular Clinical Research, where experienced staff are moving onto the greener pastures whilst there is a lack of trained talent to fill the void. Consequently, more than 80% of companies within the sector have posts that are affected by this skill shortage, and more than 70% of companies struggle to attract applicant for these “hard to fill” vacancies.

Whilst there is certainly no lack of viable Life Science graduates within this country, there is however a strong requirement for schemes and training programmes to equip graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge for them to transition into entry level clinical research roles.

Clinical Professionals’ CEO Yvette Cleland had this to say on the matter:
“As a Life Sciences staffing specialist we see candidates diminishing, no new blood coming through and the cost of clinical drug development escalating, we should be training our graduates and developing apprenticeship schemes to meet the demand our industry has, there is no point in such heavy government investment in new jobs without the skilled staff to fill them”

Therefore, Clinical Professional’s set up the Training Academy to fulfil this requirement.
Two year since its launch, the Training Academy develops each entry level candidate by providing them with full working knowledge of the Clinical Research Industry through workshops and a fully funded modular training course, enabling to operate as a Clinical Trial Administrator within the workplace.

At the end of the two-week course, each candidate then undergoes an interview process with a hiring company. If selected the candidate is then coach and mentored by a qualified member of the Clinical Professionals team whilst on placement with a life science organisation to ensure the transition into the industry.

The Training Academy has won a variety of awards such as:

•    Global Recruiter Best Innovation 2016
•    Shortlisted for Recruiter 2016 Award for Innovation in Recruitment
•    APSCo Innovator of the Year 2015

The Training Academy course is also accredited by the UK Science Council as an Employer Champion and backed by EMIG (Ethical Medicines Industry Group).

If you are interested in learning more about the Training Academy please visit here. Alternatively you can contact a member of the team at: academyteam@clinicalprofessionals.co.uk or call 0118 959 4990


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