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​National Apprenticeship Week

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National Apprenticeship Week - Celebrating all those involved in creating and assessing these apprenticeship programmes and to the hard-working apprentices going through them!


Cpl Life Sciences UK is proud to have been part of the trailblazer groups for the first clinical research apprenticeships in industry – Clinical Trial Specialist degree apprenticeship (Level 6), and the Regulatory Affairs Specialist (Level 7) both launched in 2019. It is part of our ongoing work and commitment to ensure the worsening skills shortages in the UK life sciences sectors are addressed, through proactive initiatives and programmes to bring in new talent and upskill/reskill current workforces. We have always been passionate about ‘giving back’ and have dedicated a huge amount of time and investment into various programmes.


The University of Kent Clinical Trials Specialist degree apprenticeship (Level 6) works in collaboration with Clinical Professionals Ltd (now Cpl Life Sciences), and aims to advance the skills of those in the clinical research/trials field and attract new staff. It is suitable for people who work as part of a multi-disciplinary team which focusses on the delivery and execution of Phase I-IV clinical trials, in private or public clinical research organisations. Typical roles that the apprentices my hold within their host organisations may include: Clinical Trials Assistant/Administrator, Clinical Research Associate and Study Co-ordinator with development to Clinical Project Manager.


Robert Edwards, Director of Training & Development at Cpl comments ‘‘Cpl life sciences is committed to giving back to the industry in the form of development opportunities with the spin off benefit of actively addressing the skills and experience gap that has existed in our industry for a long time now. Our actions in the apprenticeship arena back up our words!’

Sarah Goddard, Global Director of Talent Solutions, added “being on the trailblazer groups from the start and seeing these apprenticeships now being used to bring through tomorrow’s life science talent has been an incredible journey.  The quality of the apprentices going through the programmes and their trajectory over the first few years in industry just proves the enormous benefits these programmes can bring to businesses.  Not only do they offer those more disadvantaged an opportunity where there previously was none, they also ensure clients have dedicated employees, succession plans and a culture of development in teams.  Working with local communities to ensure you are giving everyone opportunities actually means you are living and breathing a diverse and inclusive business!”