SGUS Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing


Aligned with the national agenda of supporting Singaporeans during the economy downturn, exacerbated by the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, the School of Chemical and Life Sciences at Singapore Polytechnic, answered to this call by rolling out SGUnited Skills (SGUS) Programme in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, to secure the nation’s generic manufacturing capabilities. The SGUS Programme aims to impart our future workforce with industry-relevant competencies, empowering trainees with sector-specific, digital and employability skills & competencies, allowing SGUS Trainees competitive advantages in the job market during economic recovery. SGUS Trainees can look forward to rewarding career opportunities in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector. The industry remains largely resilient where hiring are still ongoing amidst sluggish job market arising from economic slowdown.

Trainees are required to equip with a computer Notebook (installed with minimally windows10 OS) when attending lessons.

Course Objectives

The Programme aims to provide industry-relevant training opportunities for SGUS Trainees up/reskill themselves with essential skills & competencies, amidst the current economic situation, so that they are job ready when employment opportunity arises to take on positions in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

Suitable for

The Programme is specially designed for individuals to acquire knowledge and skills to work in fast-pace yet resilient industry which continued to grow despite pandemic and economic downturn. 

Industry and Career Options

With the skills and knowledge gained from this course, you will be able to take on new challenges in the field of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and the job roles are as follows:

• Biotechnologist
• Process Engineer/Technician
• Quality Control Chemist/Microbiologist/Laboratory Technician
• Quality Assurance Executive
• Process Development Engineer/Technician
• Facility & Utilities Support Engineer/Technician
• Automation Engineer

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicant must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident aged 21 and above, and is able to commit to the full-time training schedule.

In addition, the target trainees for SGUS programmes will exclude the following:

a) Graduated or graduating in Calendar Year (CY) 2019 / 2020 from ITE, Polytechnics, Universities, and other educational institutions. This includes graduates from private universities as well as overseas institutions and part-time / post-graduate programmes; and

b) Graduated from the educational institutions mentioned in (a) and completed or completing their National Service (NS) in CY 2019 / 2020 and are entering the labour force.

Applicant must have a Diploma or Degree in Science, Engineering, Technology or related qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Course Outline

The course consists of six (6) certificates to be conducted within one (1) academic year. Classes will be conducted in full-time mode. 

1. Certificate in Communication and Interpersonal Skills 
This certificate covers the key communication areas which include mindset transformation, emotional intelligence (EQ), communications between generations and building digital confidence in the workplace.

2. Certificate in Introduction to Analytics, Cyber Security, AI and Blockchain 
This certificate introduces key concepts in the areas of data and visual analytics using Power BI, statistics, cyber security, blockchain, AI and machine learning.

3. Certificate in Essential and Emerging Skills for Employability 
This certificate covers fundamentals in various essential areas within an organisation, which includes human resource, finance, design thinking, robotic process automation and digital marketing.

4. Certificate in Sectoral Fundamentals for Manufacturing Science
This certificate covers fundamentals of manufacturing science which includes chemical & biosafety, instrumental analysis, materials & energy balance, heat & mass transfer and microbiology. 

5. Certificate in Job Specialisation for Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Specialists
This certificate provides trainees with essential skills and competencies in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

6. Practicum 
This project module provides opportunities for learners embark on an industry project either in-house or in an attachment to a company.

Please click here for synopsis.

*Certificates may not be conducted according to the sequence listed.

Award / Certification / Accreditation

• Upon completion of the modules in each Certificate, trainees will be awarded a Certificate of Completion
• Upon completion of all the certificates, trainees will be awarded with a Certificate in SGUS Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing certificate. 

Please refer here for the FAQ on SGUS programme.

Course Fees

Full Fees (inclusive of GST): $30,923.00

Subsidised Fees for Singaporeans & Singapore PR (inclusive of GST): $1,000.00

Trainees must fulfil minimum attendance requirements and pass assessments to qualify for course fee subsidies. Trainees who are unable to meet these requirements may be asked to return the course fee subsidies that they have received.

Refund Policy:

• The programmes allow trainees to exit without penalty if they are successfully placed into a job or have secured a job on their own accord while undergoing training. However, trainees who exit the programme without a valid reason may be asked to return the course fee subsidy that they have received.
• Refund of paid course fees will be pro-rated based on certificates that have not commenced
• Trainees who wish to exit from the programme must write to
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Class Schedule:
Mon-Fri, 9 am to 6 pm (at least 15 hours or more per week)
Lessons will be conducted in online synchronous/asynchronous or face-to-face mode

777 hours (1 year)


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