NTTF Industry-led Practical Experience in the 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 will develop 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 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.


With our industry training providers, we are working to offer 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. These courses will include a module on theoretical basics, followed by a practical skills training module at potential employers’ facilities.

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

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


Eligibility and Helpful Information
  • We can train people over 25 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.

For further information on our ATSTN or NTTF training courses, please contact:

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