Presentation on theme: "Accreditation of graduate training in GSK UK Chemistry functions 22nd May 2007 Harry Kelly GSK Chemistry Lyn Brennan Academic Consultant."— Presentation transcript:
1 Accreditation of graduate training in GSK UK Chemistry functions 22nd May 2007 Harry KellyGSK ChemistryLyn BrennanAcademic Consultant
2 Objectives of the accreditation of graduate training in GSK UK Chemistry functions To have the existing in-house …scientific training program validated, accredited and, if desired by the graduate, for the training to be used towards a higher education qualification.business-driven research/development projects credited towards the award of a higher education qualification, probably an M.Phil.
3 GSK want a mechanism for advancing key graduate talent ‘tough environment’: large numbers of graduates recruited across GSK UK Chemistry each yearExtensive training in:-Synthetic chemistryMedicinal chemistry“Informatics”Professional & interpersonal skillsWell regarded across the industryBut not externally benchmarked or independently assessed for cost-effectiveness or qualityNot maximised as competitive advantage (recruitment, retention, staff development)
4 The Project In July 2005, UVAC approached GSK Proposal is funded jointly with DfESTo accredit training in large companiesTo correlate with higher education qualifications (including where appropriate the accreditation of prior learning and experience)
5 Chemical Development/ All areas of GSK UK Chemistry wanted to participate in this exciting initiativeChemical Development/AnalyticalResearchManufacturingGSK Drug Discovery ProcessInitially focused on ResearchWorked closely with two consultants identified by UVACDefined/agreed how our graduates acquire the ‘Postgraduate Certificate’
6 For GSK, there are many benefits … Tools & confidence to compete for senior positionsReassurance of business benefits of investment in trainingPioneer a new approach to investment in employeesIncreased motivation to continuing scientific trainingMotivated & competitive graduate employeesReadily adaptable for other functionsExternal academic input into in-house trainingExternal challenge & benchmark of trainingIncrease reputation as a preferred employerNationally recognised qualificationRecruitment competitive edgeSet new standard for higher education in work placeGSK graduate employeeGSK UK chemistryGSK Corporate
7 Key learning gained throughout this journey … Training provided was good and now some courses are even betterIntroduction of assessment will provide evidence of value being gained by participantsInitiative was universally supported by graduates and managersJargon (on both sides) has been the major barrier to overcome but we do have common goalsThe consultants were absolutely key in the process (i.e. official interpreters)
8 But QA Requirements very difficult especially the requirement for GSK to undertake an institutional auditHE Committee structures did not existFelt to be overly bureaucraticJargon - on both sidesAssessment issues, especially ‘what will the external examiner see?’Expensive and time-consuming process
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