The success of the biomanufacturing industry relies on its ability to attract and retain a well-trained and motivated workforce that can adapt to new technologies and manufacturing challenges. Yet despite the criticality of workforce education, it never has been a hugely popular topic at conferences and in trade journals. Jointly, BPI and North Carolina State University’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) recognized this void, and began a partnership focused on generating an increased level of attention and discussion on professional development in the biopharmaceutical industry. This supplement is one such effort.
Introduction: Creating Successful Training Programs
Advancing the Biopharmaceutical Community
Through Learning and Development Partnerships
Although the motivators, stakeholders, and end goals vary by learning endeavor, a robust training program relies on a variety of training resources: strong internal training programs on both quality and current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) and manufacturing/technical topics; industry-specific training centers; universities, community colleges, and professional societies; and the industry’s large number of suppliers.
Designing In-House Training Programs: Moving Beyond Read and Understand
How do you structure a training program that takes into account individual learning styles and operational expertise? How do you measure the successful application of training to performance? As a manager, how can you confirm that reading training materials has truly led to required levels of understanding within your group?
Training for New and Emerging Technologies:
Building Comprehensive, Process-Oriented Competencies
Successful training approaches enable end-users, organizations, and suppliers to share needed equipment and expertise.
Measuring the Impact of Investments
in Professional Development: A Virtual Roundtable
To shed light on the value of training investments, this virtual roundtable format brings together a group of recognized learning, development, and business thought leaders within the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry.
Exploring Academic Models for Biomanufacturing Education
In today’s globally competitive job market, developing a workforce pipeline for the bioprocess industry requires academic programs that equip students with knowledge, skills, and theory surrounding the equipment, methodologies, processes, and regulatory requirements specific to it.