NTTF Industry-led Practical Experiences in Life and Chemical Sciences

In cooperation with Skills Development Scotland, in conjunction with our Advanced Therapies Skills Training Network (ATSTN) and funded by the Scottish Government’s National Transition Training Fund (NTTF), SULSA develops training courses to upskill new entrants and reskill career changers with in-demand laboratory and manufacturing skills to support the growing Scottish Life and Chemical Sciences sectors.


The Life and Chemical Sciences sectors played a key role in Scotland’s response to Covid-19 and have experienced significant economic growth in 2021. Especially expanding areas like cell, gene and tissue therapy, and vaccine manufacturing demand a highly skilled workforce to support the growing sector. However, there is a significant skills gap around practical laboratory work which has been aggravated by the absence of in-person training at universities and colleges during the pandemic.

We have talked more in depth about the sector and the motivation for our courses during a webinar to SWAP Science College students on 19th January 2022. We invite you to watch the recording of the session!


With our industry training providers, we are offering introductory courses which are designed to help the transition of non-biologists new to working in biotechnology or for biologists who want to refine and acquire new skills to continue their career in other parts of the life sciences sector, e.g. advanced therapies.

The courses enable candidates new to life sciences to decide whether they want to pursue a career in a science lab, add basic experience to their CV and introduce them to potential employers.

Partnering with Dundee and Angus College, Merck BioReliance and Edify we are developing an additional training course which will offer skills training in the virtual space, applying immersive technology to a bioscience laboratory setting.


Skills Training with RoslinCT

Registrations are now open for NTTF Practical Laboratory and Manufacturing Skills Training. This is your chance to learn new lab skills and get to know RoslinCT!

RoslinCT is a leading UK Cell Therapy Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CDMO) focused on providing services for companies developing sell based therapeutic products for both European and US clinical trials. They are based at the Edinburgh BioQuarter.

  • This free 2-day training course covers Practical and Sterile Manufacturing Skills for Advanced Therapies, including clean room gowning, aseptic techniques and the principles of Good Manufacturing Practice. It will also give an overview of the cell and gene therapy and vaccine manufacturing sector.
  • Courses start on 10th May and 17th May, 2022.
  • There are 10 place available per course which will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
  • To take part in a course, please fill out our short registration form.
Eligibility and Helpful Information
  • We can train people over 18 years of age who are residents in Scotland.
  • We can train individuals who are unemployed, at risk of redundancy or see their job under threat as a result of COVID-19 or the economic impact of Britain’s EU Exit. We can also train individuals who have identified a skills gap in their current job or to return to employment, or have identified a skills gap as part of the ‘Just Transition’ to net zero.
  • The course is free to those who meet the entry requirements.
  • We can provide limited assistance for travel within Scotland to attend the courses.

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