“Novartis chose Holly Springs as the location for our new flu cell culture site primarily due to access to a highly qualified workforce. We have been extremely pleased with the abundance of local talent and to date, over 80 percent of our staff has been hired locally.” – Chris McDonald, site head, Novartis Holly Springs
Making an Impact in Workforce Training
Across North Carolina, we make industry-tailored worker training a top priority. We’re proud of our unique and successful climate of partnership between industry and education. We rely on a consortium — NCBioImpact —that brings together key partners to meet the needs of the state’s pharmaceutical and biomanufacturing companies. The effort includes:
- Community colleges
- State universities, including
- NCBIO, representing the North Carolina biotechnology industry
- The North Carolina Biotechnology Center
The consortium has received more than $70 million from Golden LEAF, a statewide foundation that dispenses funds from a legal settlement with tobacco companies. NCBioImpact has received approximately $13 million through in-kind donations of industry employee time and equipment as well as additional state funds for operating expenses.
Tracking Industry Needs
Knowing What You Need To Know
- Harmonized Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Skill Standards
- The Model Employee: Preparation for Careers in the BioPharmaceutical Industry (pdf)
Training New Technicians
When you’re using biology to make a product, you need to know something about science and about manufacturing. To make sure we have a steady supply of workers ready to step into North Carolina’s ever-increasing array of biomanufacturing jobs, Biotechnology Center education and training specialists linked with partners in industry and the North Carolina Community College System, developing an introductory course called BioWork. BioWork and many other Continuing Education offerings are taught in the community colleges to prepare biomanufacturing technicians.
Companies across the state often require new technicians to have BioWork training. And why wouldn’t they? Students who successfully complete the course already know the biomanufacturing industry when they’re hired as entry-level process technicians.