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300 opportunities created to help mid-career individuals enter the growing biomedical science sector over the next one year

SINGAPORE, 26 AUGUST 2020 – Local mid-career jobseekers keen to pursue a new career in the growing biomedical science sector can now do so through the new Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Advanced Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing Professionals and Executives. A total of 300 Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMET) individuals are expected to benefit from the new PCP over the next one year.

2          Despite the sluggish economy, the biomedical science sector and its subsectors, including the biopharmaceuticals manufacturing industry, have remained bright spots of growth and opportunities. Worldwide demand for pharmaceutical and healthcare products has increased sharply with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerated the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and biological products. Technological advancements and R&D innovations are creating medicines whose therapeutic compounds require advanced methods and processes to manufacture. In 1H2020, Singapore’s biomedical manufacturing cluster grew 26.7% compared to the same period in 2019.

3          In anticipation of the corresponding rise in manpower demand and to help our local workers capture the opportunities in the growing biopharmaceuticals manufacturing industry, Workforce Singapore (WSG) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) have worked with industry stakeholders as well as Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic to launch the PCP for Advanced Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing Professionals and Executives in August 2020.

4          The 18-month PCP replaces the former Attach-and-Train Programme for Biologics Manufacturing, which was launched in Nov 2018 and has helped 185 individuals enter the biomedical science sector. The new programme will expand the scope beyond biologics manufacturing to include specialisations in Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing and Cell & Gene Therapy specialisations. These inclusions will help equip trainees with skills required to take on new, sought-after roles beyond biologics manufacturing, such as Biotechnologist, Production Engineer, Process Development Engineer.

5          The launch of this PCP supports the National Jobs Council’s efforts to create opportunities for Singaporeans amidst the pandemic through the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package. Together with the existing PCP for Medical Technology Engineer and Assistant Engineer, a total of 450 individuals can look forward to embarking on new careers in the biomedical science sector.

6          Ms Julia Ng, Group Director of the Enterprise Development Group in WSG, said, “The new PCP will help catalyse the matching of Singaporeans to high growth jobs in the biomedical science sector amid COVID-19. Together with EDB and our industry partners, we will help them cut through the uncertainties in the new normal by spotlighting sectors with growth potential and accelerating their advancement into these jobs. We strongly encourage them to cast their nets wider, embrace reskilling and look beyond the familiar to grasp hold of these opportunities. We understand their anxieties and will support them every step of the way.”

7          Ms Goh Wan Yee, EDB’s Senior Vice-President of Healthcare said, “With its expanded scope in small molecule pharmaceuticals and Cell & Gene Therapy specialisations, the new PCP will equip Singaporeans with the skills required to capture opportunities in these new modalities and augment the existing talent pool. EDB will continue to work closely with WSG and our industry partners to develop training programmes that help advance the long-term competitiveness of the local biopharmaceutical industry, so as to create good job opportunities for Singapore and Singaporeans.”

Please refer to Annex A and Annex B for more information on the PCP for Advanced Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing Professionals and Executives, and the PCP for Medical Technology Engineer and Assistant Engineer respectively.

Glossary and Translations

Julia Ng

Group Director, Enteprise Development Group

Workforce Singapore

黄莉云,企业发展司司长

劳动力发展局 (简称劳发局)

Goh Wan Yee

Senior Vice-President of Healthcare

The Economic Development Board

吴婉仪, 高级副总裁

新加坡经济发展局

Professional Conversion Programme

专业人士转业计划

SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package

“新心相连”就业与技能配套

National Jobs Council

全国就业理事会

 

Annex A: Media Factsheet on Professional Conversion Programme for Advanced Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing Professionals and Executives

 

The Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Advanced Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing Professionals and Executives is a manpower development programme aimed at building and sustaining a strong pipeline of skilled local workers to support the growth of the biopharmaceuticals manufacturing industry ahead of hiring demand, as Singapore continues to attract top global biopharmaceutical companies to locate manufacturing plants in Singapore.

Developed and rolled out by Workforce Singapore (WSG), the Economic Development Board (EDB) and the industry stakeholders in partnership with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) in August 2020, the PCP aims to equip 300 PMETs with the necessary skills and competencies to prepare them for new roles in the field of biopharmaceutical manufacturing, such as Biotechnologist, Production Engineer, Process Development Engineer and Quality Assurance Specialist.

Trainees onboard the programme will undergo full-time training which comprises 3 months of rigorous classroom training at either SP or TP, and 15 months of structured on-the-job training attachment with host companies. Upon completion of the PCP, trainees will receive certificates of completion.

While the trainees are not employees of the host companies, they will be provided with rigorous training and work attachments with top biopharmaceuticals manufacturing companies in advance of job placements. They will also receive training allowance for the duration of the PCP. Depending on the availability of employment vacancy and work performance, trainees may be offered a full-time position at the end of the programme. 

Eligibility Criteria

 

Individuals must fulfil the following criteria[1]:

  • Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident aged 21 years and above
  • Have graduated or completed National Service, whichever is later, at least two years prior, at the point of application
  • Possess at least an Engineering or Science related NITEC/Higher NITEC/Diploma/Degree
  • Not be in a similar job function prior to joining the PCP.

All participating companies must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • The host company must be able to provide structured OJT training for the participant.

 

For more information and to apply, please contact:

 

Dr Chong Fui Chin

Singapore Polytechnic

Tel: +65 6772 1601

Email: pharma_biologics@sp.edu.sg

Chelsia Lim

Temasek Polytechnic

Tel: +65 6780 6536

Email: Chelsia_lim@tp.edu.sg

 

Annex B: Media Factsheet on Professional Conversion Programme for Medical Technology Engineer and Medical Technology Assistant Engineer

 

Workforce Singapore (WSG), in partnership with Singapore Polytechnic (SP), developed and rolled out the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Medical Technology Engineer and Medical Technology Assistant Engineer in October 2017.

The PCP aims to equip mid-career Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs) keen to enter the medical technology industry with the skills and competencies required to take on roles such as manufacturing engineer, quality assurance engineer and quality control technician.

Participants onboard the 9-month PCP will be placed into full-time employment before undergoing skills conversion, which comprises up to one month of facilitated classroom training conducted by SP and up to 8 months of structured on-the-job training. Upon successful completion of the PCP, participants will receive the WSQ Statements of Attainment.

Eligibility Criteria

 

Individuals must fulfil the following criteria[2]:

  • Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident aged 21 years and above
  • Have graduated or completed National Service, whichever is later, at least two years prior at the point of application
  • Possess at least an Engineering or Science related NITEC/Higher NITEC/Diploma/Degree
  • Be newly hired and nominated by an eligible participating company for the PCP; and
  • Not be in a similar job function prior to joining the PCP.

All participating companies must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • New hires cannot be immediate ex-employees of companies related to the applicant company
  • Offer a full-time PMET position of at least a 12-month employment contract
  • Offer employment directly related to the job which the PCP is for, with remuneration that is aligned to the market rate
  • Be committed to the PCP training arrangements for the participants
  • Be committed to work with WSG and SP on the necessary administrative matters related to the PCP.

 

For more information and to apply, please contact:

 

Singapore Polytechnic

Tel:       67721465 or 67721288

Email:   PCP_MedTech@sp.edu.sg

 

[1] Enrolment for the PCP is subject to employer’s selection based on job requirements and hiring processes that may include screening tests and interviews.

[2] Enrolment for the PCP is subject to employer’s selection based on job requirements and hiring processes that may include screening tests and interviews.