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Professional Conversion Programme (Train and Place) for Advanced Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing (PCP TnP Advanced Biopharma)

Objective & Scope of Programme

The Professional Conversion Programme (Train and Place) for Advanced Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing (PCP TnP Advanced Biopharma) (Replaced Attach and Train (AnT) Programme for Biologics Manufacturing) is a manpower talent development programme aims at building up a pipeline of skilled manpower for Singapore's biopharmaceuticals manufacturing industry including small molecule Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), biologics drugs substances and cell and gene therapy products. This programme is jointly supported by the Workforce Singapore (WSG) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP). Trainees undergo 268-280 hours of facilitated classroom trainings conducted at Singapore Polytechnic and 15-16 months of structured on-the-job training (OJT) with leading biopharmaceutical companies to deepen their technical competencies and work skills, amidst the current economic situation, so that they are job ready when employment opportunity arises. Trainees who successfully complete the programme are highly sought after as the biopharmaceutical industry in Singapore is rapidly growing and expanding to develop and produce new products that better meet Asia’s healthcare needs.


Programme Details
Programme Duration: 268 - 280 hours (estimated 2-3 months of full time training at SP)

Participating CompaniesProgramme CommencementPeriod for Application
CIBA Vision Asian Manufacturing and Logistics Pte LtdNov 2021Until 29th Oct 2021
Mead Johnson Nutrition (APAC) Pte LtdNov 2021Until 29th Oct 2021
Lonza Biologics Tuas Pte Ltd Nov 2021Until 29th Oct 2021 
Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd Nov 2021Until 29th Oct 2021

Throughout the entire OJT period, trainees are attached to one of the participating companies & trained in one or more areas outlined below:

 

CIBA Vision Asian Manufacturing and Logistics Pte Ltd

No.

Job Position

1Senior Technician JD
2Technician JD

• Mead Johnson Nutrition (APAC) Pte Ltd.

No.

Job Position

1QA Specialist

• Lonza Biologics Tuas Pte Ltd

No.

Job Position

1Development Service - MM
2Quality Control - MM
3PCP Trainee - QC Support_MM

• Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd

No.

Job Position

Link of JD and application

Remarks

1Operations Technician - TraineeApply Here5 openings
2Instrument Technician- TraineeApply Here1 opening
3Laboratory Analyst - TraineeApply Here1 opening
4Quality Control Analyst - TraineeApply Here1 opening
5Analytical Support Officer - TraineeApply Here2 openings

 


Suitable for

a. Singapore citizens or Singapore permanent residents;
b. Candidates with at least a NITEC/Higher NITEC/Diploma/Degree from any disciplines;
c. Candidates without prior working experience in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry*;
d. Fresh graduates who are keen to join the industry, junior hires or mid-career professionals who are switching out of other industry.

*Individuals who are current or were ex-student interns from a biopharmaceutical company are eligible to apply.



S/N   Module title Course Fees before Subsidy Funding Support (70% from WSG) Nett course fee after 70% SSG Funding (incl. GST) Total Nett Fee (Core + Track modules)
1 Core Modules Follow Good Manufacturing Practices $650 $455 $208.65  
2 Apply Continuous Process Improvement Techniques $900 $630 $288.90
3 Apply Process Quality Control Techniques $2,000 $1,400 $642.00
4 Apply Safety in Process Plant $1,200 $840 $385.20
5 Operate in a Controlled Clean Room Environment $2,300 $1,610 $738.30
6 Apply Data Analytics $2,900 $2,030 $930.90
7 Apply Process Analytical Technology $2,900 $2,030 $930.90
8 Apply Manufacturing Technologies in a Regulated Environment $2,000 $1,400 $642.00
9 Biologics’ Track Operate Tangential Flow Filtration Process Equipment $1,700 $1,190 $545.70 $7,366.95
10 Operate Inoculation and Fermentation Reactors $3,000 $2,100 $963.00
11 Operate Chromatography Process Equipment $1,700 $1,190 $545.70
12 Operate Single-Use Technologies $1,700 $1,190 $545.70
9 Pharmaceuticals’ Track Operate Tangential Flow Filtration Process Equipment $1,700 $1,190 $545.70 $7,206.45
10 Apply Continuous Manufacturing Techniques $2,200 $1,540 $706.20
11 Illustrate a Lifecycle Plan for a Manufacturing Facility $2,000 $1,400 $642.00
12 Operate Single-Use Technologies $1,700 $1,190 $545.70
9 Cell & Gene Therapy’s Track Apply Aseptic Cell Culture Techniques $3,600 $2,520 $1,155.60 $7,110.15
10 Illustrate a Lifecycle Plan for a Manufacturing Facility $2,000 $1,400 $642.00
11 Operate Single-Use Technologies $1,700 $1,190 $545.70

Application Process & Selection Criteria

You are to refer to the Application Procedure for PCP TnP Advanced Biopharma. It requires you to download an application form in this Website, complete and submit it together with educational certificates and transcripts. It is important that you indicate the trainee position(s) that you are interested to apply in the application form. You can indicate one or more trainee positions. You are expected to work day/night shifts if you are successfully enrolled into programme. For further details on the submission of application, please refer below. 

Your application will be sent to the companies for shortlisting and acceptance into the programme. Only shortlisted individuals will be notified by SP &/or company to attend interviews*. Trainees who are successfully enrolled into programme are to sign a training deed with SP. In addition, shortlisted trainees are required to undergo and clear medical check-up. 

*Even though you may meet the minimum entry requirements and are eligible for this programme, this does not guarantee that you will be granted an interview as the companies have the discretion in the selection process.

TRAINEE SUPPORT*

Monthly training allowance (up to $3,600 or $2,560 depending on academic qualifications).

No course fees is payable by trainees.

*Terms and Conditions Apply


Assumed Skills and Knowledge

Nil.


Minimum Entry Requirements

At least a NITEC / Higher NITEC / Diploma / Degree from any disciplines.


Outline of Facilitated WSQ Trainings at SP

No

Module Title

Training Duration (hr)

Outline

1

Follow Good Manufacturing Practices

8

Basic knowledge & skills to follow standard operating procedures & contamination control procedures, report and record abnormalities when carrying out their tasks in a manufacturing or process environment.

2

Apply Continuous Process Improvement Techniques

15

Skills and knowledge in applying continuous process improvement techniques and be able to put it into practice at their workplaces.

3

Apply Safety in Process Plant

21

Covers the skills and knowledge required by the worker to be able to accurately identify process occupational health and safety hazards, and assess risk in a process environment, as well as follow safety instructions.

4

Apply Process Quality Control Techniques

30

Covers application of basic techniques for controlling the quality of materials and services in a process plant environment. Personnel are required to prepare to examine and assess quality; monitor and control quality; report on status of quality and perform quality housekeeping.

5

Operate in a Controlled Clean Room Environment

40

Covers knowledge and skills in to operate in a clean room environment to initially prepare for work activity, to maintain the clean room environment in operation, and reinstate the clean room environment post operations.

6

Apply Data Analytics

21

Covers knowledge and skills to gather data and organize the data for analysis; ability to build dashboards using PivotTables and PivotChart; proficiency in using tools for generating different scenarios and aiding decision making. The module also includes developing a dashboard that answers the problem question, learn to organize and plan the items in a dashboard and provide insights, KPI reporting and informed decision making.

7

Apply Process Analytical Technology

21

Evaluate, develop, implement, validate and perform life cycle maintenance on specific PAT applications used in GxP; Understand functionalities and measurement principles; Operations of PAT on-line equipment, including troubleshooting, optimisation and cleaning; Use of outliers diagnostics, periodic verification, etc.

8

Apply Manufacturing Technologies in a Regulated Environment

30

Covers the ability to apply the principles of current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) to pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies. Personnel are required to apply the principles of quality by design, risk management and continuous improvements as per the ICH (International Conference on Harmonisation) guidelines Q8, Q9 and Q10 to the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and within the industry best practice guidelines of Baseline Guide 5 and Good Automated Manufacturing Practice (GAMP).

9

Operate Inoculation and Fermentation Reactors

40

Covers knowledge and skills to prepare and perform fermenter set-up, fermentation medium sterilization, fermenter inoculation, fermentation monitoring and control, cell harvesting, biohazard waste treatment for disposal and fermenter cleaning.

10

Operate Tangential Flow Filtration Process Equipment

18

Covers knowledge and skills to setup tangential flow filters as well as perform integrity testing, basic operations on tangential flow filtration equipment. The learner will also have the basic knowledge and skill to reinstate tangential flow filtration equipment.

11

Apply Continuous Manufacturing Techniques

 

16

Covers continuous manufacturing of high value chemicals and the differences with traditional batch processes, which include:

· Throughput of continuous process

· Definition of “a batch” in continuous manufacturing

· Common continuous unit operations

· Safety considerations of continuous operations

· Control and automation considerations of continuous operations

· Case studies

12

Operate Chromatography Process Equipment

 

18

Covers knowledge and skills to setup chromatography process equipment as well as perform packing testing, basic operations on chromatography equipment. The learner will also have the basic knowledge and skill to reinstate chromatography equipment.

13

Illustrate a Lifecycle Plan for a Manufacturing Facility

 

30

Covers the ability to apply pharmaceutical science and  engineering concepts to define the life cycle phases associated with the design and operation of a typical pharmaceutical facility, including conceptual material balances, site master-planning and detailed design, construction, commissioning and qualification. Personnel are also required describe an overview of operation & maintenance and continuous improvements through to the stage of plant retirement and decommissioning.

14

Operate Single-Use Technologies

18

Covers the skills and knowledge required by people to operate single use technology which includes preparing single use equipment for upstream process operations; performing sterile connection and disconnection and validating single use equipment.  

15

Apply Aseptic Cell Culture Techniques

40

Covers the knowledge and aseptic techniques to handle cell cultures – both microbial and mammalian which include how to maintain cell cultures in a pure state during the upstream and fermentation stages. It also includes the competency of how to identify and maintain requirements for aseptic environmental and processing conditions as well as to maintain viral clearance barriers during all stages of manufacturing.

Total Training Hours*

*Subject to confirmation

280 (module 1 to 14 excluding 11, 13 & 15)(Specialisation in Biologics)

or 268 (module 1 to 14 excluding 9, 12 & 15)(Specialisation in Pharmaceuticals)

or 274 (module 1 to 8 & 13 to 15)(Specialisation in Cell & Gene Therapy)


Application Form

Download the application form here.


Submission of Application:

Submit online application through this link. Please note that you will be led to mycareersfuture.sg.

Upload ALL documents required to complete application:
a) Application form 
b) Resume
b) Highest Academic Qualification Certificate & Transcript

Applications without ALL of the above required supporting documents will be considered incomplete and rejected.

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