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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)

 Programme CommencementPeriod for Application
LonzaJan 2021Closed
Mead JohnsonJan 2021 & Mar 2021Closed
GSKMar 2021Closed
BeechemMar 2021Closed
RocheMar 2021Closed
AmgenApr 20211st Feb - 31st Mar 2021

Participating companies: 
• Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd
• Beecham Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd 
• Mead Johnson Nutrition (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd
• Lonza Biologics Tuas Pte Ltd
• Roche Singapore Technical Operations Pte Ltd
• Amgen Singapore Manufacturing Pte Ltd

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

• Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd

No.

Job Position

Job Description

Attachment 

1

Operations Technician

This position reports to the Production Superintendent and is an integral member of Production Shift Team.  GSK is committed to an employee-orientated, high performance culture that emphasises process automation, quality compliance and continuous improvement.

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2

Analytical Chemist

This position reports to the Analytical Operations Manager / Analytical Development Manager and the main job function is as follow:O

·     manage the infrastructure and support aspects of the Laboratory.

·     To ensure that all specific process are properly analysed and the results recorded.

·     To ensure all new methods and specifications introduced as part of new product introduction or product lifecycle are validated or verified.SE

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3

Laboratory Analyst

This position reports to the Analytical Chemist / Microbiologist and the main job function is as follow:

· To ensure all materials, factory samples, intermediates and final products are properly analysed and the results recorded.

· To provide analytical support for non-order fulfilment activities.

· To lead, schedule and test specific raw materials, process intermediates, final product, non-routine samples and ENVOPS in accordance to written procedures and methods.

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4

Tech DevOps Specialist

This position reports to the Site Tech Manager and is part of the site Tech team and to lead the approval and execution activities for new IT systems, infrastructure and services at the site.

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5

Digital Data Analytics  Trainee

This position reports to the Compliance Manager who is leading the Site KPI Dashbaords, Business Process Automation (BPA) & Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to streamline the work processes and performance management as part of site Digital, Data & Analytics (DDA) program.  The trainee will support the migration of site digital performance boards and other programs from Microsoft Office platform to Power Platform (PowerApps, PowerBI and PowerAutomate).

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• Beecham Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd

No.

Job Position

Job Description

Attachment

1

Production Technician

This position reports to the Shift Team Leader and takes part in the direct manufacture of API. GSK is committed to an employee-orientated, high performance culture that emphasises empowerment, quality, continuous improvement, and the recruitment and on-going development of a superior workplace

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2

Quality Control Analyst

This position reports to the Analytical Chemist. The Quality Control Analyst will support the laboratory testing activities across functions. This training is expected to train up the individual in both the technical and soft skills aspects, aligned to GSK expectations in creating a high-performance team delivering Accountability, Courage, Development and Teamwork.

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3

Logistics Assistant

This position reports to the Planning and Logistics Manager and interfaces with Planners, Logistics staff and Logistics Service Provider. The incumbent will get to acquire key skills in supply chain management within a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment and gain experience in customer and supplier relationship management.

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4

Logistics Technician

This position reports to the E&I Engineer and supports plant issues at the site. GSK is committed to an employee-orientated, high performance culture that emphasises empowerment, quality, continuous improvement, and the recruitment and on-going development of a superior workplace.

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5

Engineering Technician (Electrical & Instrument)

This position reports to the E&I Engineer and supports plant issues at the site. GSK is committed to an employee-orientated, high performance culture that emphasises empowerment, quality, continuous improvement, and the recruitment and on-going development of a superior workplace

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6

Mechanical Technician

This position reports to the Mechanical Engineer and supports plant issues at the site. GSK is committed to an employee-orientated, high performance culture that emphasises empowerment, quality, continuous improvement, and the recruitment and on-going development of a superior workplace

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7

Quality Officer

This position reports to the Operational Quality Manager and supports Quality issues at the site. GSK is committed to an employee-orientated, high performance culture that emphasises empowerment, quality, continuous improvement, and the recruitment and on-going development of a superior workplace.

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• Mead Johnson Nutrition (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd

No.

Job Position

Job Description

Attachment

1

Graduate Trainee

The Trainee receives training and performs duties in several departments such as Operation, Engineering, Continuous Improvement, Planning & Logistics, Supply Services and Quality. Learns line and staff functions, operations, management viewpoints and company policies and practices that affect each phase of business.

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• Roche Singapore Technical Operations Pte Ltd

No.

Job Position

Job Description

Attachment

1

Manufacturing

Operations

• Responsible for completing assigned tasks which may include preparing small equipment, cleaning and sterilizing vessels, preparing solutions, monitoring and operation biochemical processing equipment, raw materials sampling, dispensing and environmental monitoring sampling and maintain housekeeping of the areas while adhering to Safety, cGMP and Biochemical Manufacturing guidelines.
None

2

QualityCompliance

• Support and participation of inspection related activities, which includes Health Authorities inspections, self-inspection and inspection readiness activities.

• Support Supplier and Service provider program, Quality Compliance program and creation and oversight of Quality Compliance performance metrics.
None
3QualityManufacturing Quality Assurance (MQA)

• Provide QA oversight on manufacturing floor and ensure that Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs) and commercial medicinal products are manufactured in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and Good Documentation Practice (GDP) guidelines.

• Provide QA oversight for discrepancies to ensure quality and compliance of these activities to company guidelines and Health Authority (HA) requirements.

• Perform batch record, batch reports, logbook, cGMP documents and audit trail review to ensure quality of product, compliance to Roche requirements and on-time batch disposition
None
4QualityQuality Control (QC)

• Performance of testing (e.g. water sampling, raw material, in process control, release and stability) in accordance with cGMP regulations and standards. Other activities include housekeeping, reagent preparation, inventory and lab supplies and calibration and maintenance of QC equipment.

• Support investigation and studies for lab related discrepancies and improvement projects (e.g. testing method validation).
None
5QualityQVCSV:
• Provide Quality oversight of Qualification, Validation and CSV activities.

• Supports QVCSV in ensuring effective site qualification and validation program (including periodic reviews, requalification and revalidation) are implemented and maintained in accordance to cGMP.

• Ensure documents and procedures for Validation, Qualification / F&E Support Processes reflect current HA requirements.
None
6QualityQACC:
• Responsible for the maintenance and continuous improvement of the Change Control systems and processes.

• Ensure GMP compliance with the change control process.
None
7Manufacturing, Science and Technology (MSAT)Process Automation

• Responsible for validation of Automation Systems, batch operations and configuration of phases & recipes, process system maintenance, configuration of control/equipment modules, fieldbus/device net, Profi-Bus and alarm management. 

• Support ITOT digitization initiatives, system administration and infrastructure maintenance (servers, workstations etc), network, software interfaces. 

• Troubleshooting of Process Automation Systems, audit/inspection support and operational excellence.
None
8Manufacturing, Science and Technology (MSAT)Process / Validation Engineering

• Optimizing and improving manufacturing processes and equipment performance on mammalian cell culture and E. coli platforms using validation principles/approaches, process monitoring, process validation, equipment/facilities/utilities validation, cleaning validation and techniques. 

• Process troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis (RCA), process development lab operation, audit/inspection support and operational excellence
None

• Amgen Singapore Manufacturing Pte Ltd

No.

Job Position

Job Description

Attachment

1

API Manufacturing Associate

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2

Associate QCSee AttachmentClick Here
3Material CoordinatorSee AttachmentClick Here
4Senior Material CoordinatorSee AttachmentClick Here
5Associate ManufacturingSee AttachmentClick Here
6Manufacturing Support Associate – NPI/POSee AttachmentClick Here
7Manufacturing Process TechnicianSee AttachmentClick Here
8Quality Management Systems AssociateSee AttachmentClick Here
9Upstream Process Development AssociateSee AttachmentClick Here
10Associate Quality AssuranceSee AttachmentClick Here
11F&E (Facilities)See AttachmentClick Here
12F&E (Maintenance)See AttachmentClick Here
13F&E (Process Engineering)See AttachmentClick Here
14F&E (Reliability)See AttachmentClick Here
15F&E (Planning & Scheduling and Utility)See AttachmentClick Here

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

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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 Procedure for PCP TnP Advanced Biopharma

Workflow for PCP TnP Advanced Biopharma Programme


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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