With the biopharmaceutical and medical technology industries continuing to grow in both volume and complexity, the people resource needed to be able to skillfully and compliantly manufacture products and ensure they reach patients at the right time continues to expand. In some geographies, the industry is growing faster than new candidates can be identified and trained. At the same time, new technologies are creating a shift in job roles, moving from hands on operators to automated facilities; from quality control testers to data analysts and from on-site support to remote teams.
Identifying ways of quickly onboarding and training new manufacturing operators, of recruiting high quality talent, and of retaining and developing skillsets is under increasing scrutiny across the industry. Many companies are choosing to work with local academia to create training programs, with others bringing training in-house, or contracting out to providers of bespoke packages. All agreed that a common approach would benefit not just employers, but the people in the talent pool as well.
BioPhorum is helping members across Phorum communities focus in on workforce challenges across the value chain. Whether this is using tools such as The Human Performance Assessment Tool, analysis of the needs of teams manufacturing specialized products such as cell or gene therapies, considering diversity and equality challenges, or looking to new skills that will be needed in the future, BioPhorum brings our unique collaboration to a suite of challenges that can help build high performing teams quickly in the manufacturing environment.
Added to this, members report the benefit of using participation in the BioPhorum community for career development and networking purposes for their team members. The result is a powerful tool to help members develop their teams and retain high quality talent.