TOPRA advocates Regulatory Affairs Specialist apprenticeship during UK National Apprenticeship Week

Posted on 28 March 2019

During the UK National Apprenticeship Week (4–8 March), Samantha Alsbury, TOPRA’s Head of Professional Development, spoke at the Advanced Therapies Apprenticeship Community event on 5 March at Oxford BioMedica, UK. The theme of the event was titled “Securing the advanced therapies talent pipeline through apprenticeships”. Dr Alsbury (pictured) helped promote the Regulatory Affairs Specialist apprenticeship and TOPRA to attendees.

Dr Alsbury said: “There is a significant skills gap in regulatory affairs and the apprenticeship allows companies to make use of the apprenticeship levy to develop their current staff or to grow their teams without having to invest a lot of time in training them as we can do that.” 

She added: “There is lots of interest in the apprenticeship both from companies and individuals who wish to take advantage of the opportunity. The training programme takes people all the way from the Basics level courses through to the MSc in just two-and-a-half years, fast-tracking the career of the apprentices and giving them the training they need to do an outstanding job for their companies. It is exciting to be working on this.” 

“It was great to be able to talk about the training we offer and how this can benefit companies working in advanced therapy medicines. It is an exciting area of medicines development and I enjoyed meeting the other presenters and the delegates,” Dr Alsbury said.

The Regulatory Affairs Specialist apprenticeship training is now open and TOPRA has its first two apprentices in the process of signing up. For more information, visit the TOPRA website.