Certificate in Operator Development (Pharma Manufacturing) (Certificate in Operator Development (Pharma Manufacturing))

University College Cork (COPD)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate (Special Purpose Award)

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

ACE

General Information
Contact

Lorna Moloney

Email

Ace.Springboard@ucc.ie

Phone

0876931100

Address

ACE,
The Laurels,
University College Cork
Cork

Role

Senior Skills Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

29/07/2022

Start Date

07/09/2022

End Date

06/06/2023

About this Course

There are >85 Bio-pharmaceutical companies based in Ireland, including 9 of the world's top 10. The Bio-Pharmaceutical industry is highly regulated with an ongoing need for a pipeline of highly skilled employees. This programme addresses that need by preparing participants for operator roles in Bio(pharma) and MedTech manufacturing environments by equipping them with essential knowledge and supports graduates to develop skills demanded by these key sectors.

The programme is tailored specifically for those seeking operator roles but also supports new and enhanced employment and career opportunities for those currently employed as operators to optimise their performance and career advancement. For those hoping to return to the workplace in an operator role, the programme offers participants the chance to become familiar with crucial workplace concepts, terminology and procedures while actively planning and preparing for their future careers within the sector.

Specifically, the programme provides modules that allow students to explore topics such as personal effectiveness, communication skills, managing change, conflict resolution, motivation, problem-solving and decision making, as well as more technical areas such as unit operations, continuous improvement tools, supply chain processes, workplace health and safety, cleanroom operations, quality and cGMP compliance systems.

The course facilitates participants to develop as confident, independent thinking, industry-ready graduates armed with current labour market-relevant knowledge and transferable skills through a diverse blend of learning approaches including lectures, group discussion with industry-experts and workshops that develop independent and team-working skills. This programme is wholly assessed by continuous assessment and all assessments have a real-world focus where students must complete tasks associated with the practical skills learned on the programme. This allows for rapid transference of learning from the classroom to the workplace which we feel is more appropriate now than an accredited work placement given the changing demographics of the Springboard+ cohorts where the vast majority of students are already in employment.

Engagement with enterprise is key in the development and delivery of the programme. Skilled practitioners from Eli Lily and Novartis form part of the teaching team. Bi-directional engagement with employers during employee recruitment rollouts, programme review, feedback and stakeholder engagement ensure the programme content and learning outcomes remains current and in line with employer needs and evolving priorities.

Evidence of the demographic demand is high at the regional and national levels. Year-on-year, we have a waitlist, currently 25% more than programme capacity. This is driven by both employers’ need for an educated workforce and employees’ desire for career progression.

Appropriate target cohorts are identified through referrals, social media, online expression of interest form and information sessions informing potential candidates about upskilling and reskilling for the Bio-Pharma industry. Follow up telephone calls have been made to candidates these and waitlist candidates from 2021-2022. Employment rate from the course is high (80% of 20/21 graduates are in employment), and we have maintained and leveraged network connections with our Alumni to ensure there is robust awareness of the course in their respective organisations including Janssen, BioMarin, Eli Lily, Wright Medical, Boston Scientific, MSD, and Stryker.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age by the 1 January of the year of application AND hold Leaving Certificate/FETAC Level 5 qualification or equivalent (e.g. relevant work experience.)

English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

Long Description

There are >85 Bio-pharmaceutical companies based in Ireland, including 9 of the world's top 10. The Bio-Pharmaceutical industry is highly regulated with an ongoing need for a pipeline of highly skilled employees. This programme addresses that need by preparing participants for operator roles in Bio(pharma) and MedTech manufacturing environments by equipping them with essential knowledge and supports graduates to develop skills demanded by these key sectors.

The programme is tailored specifically for those seeking operator roles but also supports new and enhanced employment and career opportunities for those currently employed as operators to optimise their performance and career advancement. For those hoping to return to the workplace in an operator role, the programme offers participants the chance to become familiar with crucial workplace concepts, terminology and procedures while actively planning and preparing for their future careers within the sector.

Specifically, the programme provides modules that allow students to explore topics such as personal effectiveness, communication skills, managing change, conflict resolution, motivation, problem-solving and decision making, as well as more technical areas such as unit operations, continuous improvement tools, supply chain processes, workplace health and safety, cleanroom operations, quality and cGMP compliance systems.

The course facilitates participants to develop as confident, independent thinking, industry-ready graduates armed with current labour market-relevant knowledge and transferable skills through a diverse blend of learning approaches including lectures, group discussion with industry-experts and workshops that develop independent and team-working skills. This programme is wholly assessed by continuous assessment and all assessments have a real-world focus where students must complete tasks associated with the practical skills learned on the programme. This allows for rapid transference of learning from the classroom to the workplace which we feel is more appropriate now than an accredited work placement given the changing demographics of the Springboard+ cohorts where the vast majority of students are already in employment.

Engagement with enterprise is key in the development and delivery of the programme. Skilled practitioners from Eli Lily and Novartis form part of the teaching team. Bi-directional engagement with employers during employee recruitment rollouts, programme review, feedback and stakeholder engagement ensure the programme content and learning outcomes remains current and in line with employer needs and evolving priorities.

Evidence of the demographic demand is high at the regional and national levels. Year-on-year, we have a waitlist, currently 25% more than programme capacity. This is driven by both employers need for an educated workforce and employees’ desire for career progression.

Appropriate target cohorts are identified through referrals, social media, online expression of interest form and information sessions informing potential candidates about upskilling and reskilling for the Bio-Pharma industry. Follow up telephone calls have been made to candidates these and waitlist candidates from 2021-2022. Employment rate from the course is high (80% of 20/21 graduates are in employment), and we have maintained and leveraged network connections with our Alumni to ensure there is robust awareness of the course in their respective organisations including Janssen, BioMarin, Eli Lily, Wright Medical, Boston Scientific, MSD, and Stryker.

Timetable Info

Every Wednesday evening 18:30 -21:30 and Saturday workshops.

Delivery Notes

Lectures will be delivered entirely online via UCC’s Canvas virtual learning environment. Lectures will be delivered using a blended online approach with pre-recorded material released on a weekly basis prior to a live interactive discussion class with the subject lecturer. Lectures can be viewed at any time, from anywhere, and as often as desired. Detailed lecture notes will accompany each lecture as well as recommended reading. Weekly learning activities will be provided to the learner which will focus and foster active learning directly relevant to the weekly topic and the discussion forums enable peer-to-peer engagement which ensures collaborative and enhanced learning for all. Field work will resume when guidelines allow.

Course commitment: An ability to manage and allocate time to course content each week is necessary. Students are expected to participate in the weekly live class and to engage with the discussion forum to interact with course lecturers, tutors, and other students, where they can discuss content and engage in module material.

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:
* You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
* Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies. However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
* You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
* We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
* You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software. All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney

Address

ACE (Adult Continuing education)
The Laurels,
University College Cork
Cork

Phone

087-6931100

Email

Ace.springboard@ucc.ie

Application Procedures

CV - Please upload an up-to-date CV.
Academic transcripts (results) or parchment (if results are included) - Please upload evidence of your previous educational qualifications in 1 file. If you do not have your UCC transcript(s) on hand, there is no need to order one, we can view your results on our internal system.

Personal / Motivational Statement - Please upload a document. In 500 words or less, please state: 1) Why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork and 2) How you meet the programme entry requirements.

Transcripts showing educational evidence for course


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)? - If applying via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – (meaning you do not meet the minimum entry requirements of an NFQ Level Degree but wish to apply based on experience) please provide a work, personal or academic reference to support your application.